How to format your references using the IEICE Transactions on Communications citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for IEICE Transactions on Communications. For a complete guide how to prepare your manuscript refer to the journal's instructions to authors.

Using reference management software

Typically you don't format your citations and bibliography by hand. The easiest way is to use a reference manager:

PaperpileThe citation style is built in and you can choose it in Settings > Citation Style or Paperpile > Citation Style in Google Docs.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
Mendeley, Zotero, Papers, and othersThe style is either built in or you can download a CSL file that is supported by most references management programs.
BibTeXBibTeX syles are usually part of a LaTeX template. Check the instructions to authors if the publisher offers a LaTeX template for this journal.

Journal articles

Those examples are references to articles in scholarly journals and how they are supposed to appear in your bibliography.

Not all journals organize their published articles in volumes and issues, so these fields are optional. Some electronic journals do not provide a page range, but instead list an article identifier. In a case like this it's safe to use the article identifier instead of the page range.

A journal article with 1 author
J. Silvius, “Cell biology. Membrane bending tug of war,” Science, vol.335, no. 6074, pp.1308–1309, Mar. 2012.
A journal article with 2 authors
K. M. Dohoney and J. Gelles, “Chi-sequence recognition and DNA translocation by single RecBCD helicase/nuclease molecules,” Nature, vol.409, no. 6818, pp.370–374, Jan. 2001.
A journal article with 3 authors
C. Bourgeois, B. Rocha, and C. Tanchot, “A role for CD40 expression on CD8+ T cells in the generation of CD8+ T cell memory,” Science, vol.297, no. 5589, pp.2060–2063, Sep. 2002.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
K.-H. Lee, H.-L. Lo, W.-C. Tang, H. H.-Y. Hsiao, and P.-M. Yang, “A gene expression signature-based approach reveals the mechanisms of action of the Chinese herbal medicine berberine,” Sci. Rep., vol.4, p.6394, Sep. 2014.

Books and book chapters

Here are examples of references for authored and edited books as well as book chapters.

An authored book
Ccps, Guidelines for Combustible Dust Hazard Analysis. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2017.
An edited book
E. E. Simon, Ed., Hyponatremia: Evaluation and Treatment. Springer, New York, NY, 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
N. Bulut, Y. Tomoda, K. Tanikawa, S. Takahashi, and S. Maekawa, “Quantum Monte Carlo Study of Anderson Magnetic Impurities in Semiconductors,” in Advances in Nanoscale Magnetism: Proceedings of the International Conference on Nanoscale Magnetism ICNM-2007 June 25–29, Istanbul, Turkey, B. Aktas and F. Mikailov, eds. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2009, pp.67–87.

Web sites

Sometimes references to web sites should appear directly in the text rather than in the bibliography. Refer to the Instructions to authors for IEICE Transactions on Communications.

Blog post
T. Hale, “Scientists Have Found Something Very Mysterious In The Great Pyramid Of Giza,” IFLScience,, accessed Oct. 30. 2018. .


This example shows the general structure used for government reports, technical reports, and scientific reports. If you can't locate the report number then it might be better to cite the report as a book. For reports it is usually not individual people that are credited as authors, but a governmental department or agency like "U. S. Food and Drug Administration" or "National Cancer Institute".

Government report
Government Accountability Office, “Airport Safety Inspection Program Needed To Improve Flight Safety of Civil Aircraft,” U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, B-164497(1), Jan. 1971.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
T. Y. Rehan, “Analysis of Life-Cycle Cost, Properties, and Field Performance of Parking Lot Pavements,” Doctoral dissertation, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL, 2016.

News paper articles

Unlike scholarly journals, news papers do not usually have a volume and issue number. Instead, the full date and page number is required for a correct reference.

New York Times article
M. M. Grynbaum, “Right-Wing Provocateur Is Given More Fodder for His Conspiracies,” New York Times, p.A15, 09-Oct-2017.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [1].
This sentence cites two references [1], [2].
This sentence cites four references [1–4].

About the journal

Full journal titleIEICE Transactions on Communications
ISSN (print)0916-8516
ISSN (online)1745-1345
ScopeComputer Networks and Communications
Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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