How to format your references using the IET Computer Vision citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for IET Computer Vision. 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
Goldston, D.: ‘In which we say goodbye’Nature, 2009, 462, (7269), p. 25.
A journal article with 2 authors
Malin, M.C., Edgett, K.S.: ‘Evidence for persistent flow and aqueous sedimentation on early Mars’Science, 2003, 302, (5652), pp. 1931–1934.
A journal article with 3 authors
Zhao, J., Murray, S., Lipuma, J.J.: ‘Modeling the impact of antibiotic exposure on human microbiota’Sci. Rep., 2014, 4, p. 4345.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Houlahan, J.E., Findlay, C.S., Schmidt, B.R., Meyer, A.H., Kuzmin, S.L.: ‘Quantitative evidence for global amphibian population declines’Nature, 2000, 404, (6779), pp. 752–755.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Zanotto, E.D.: ‘Crystals in Glass’ (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2013)
An edited book
Ng, C. (Ed.): ‘Gender Responsive and Participatory Budgeting: Imperatives for Equitable Public Expenditure’ (Springer International Publishing, 2016)
A chapter in an edited book
Thomas, L.: ‘Data as Constant Becomings’, in Reinertsen, A.B. (Ed.): ‘Becoming Earth: A Post Human Turn in Educational Discourse Collapsing Nature/Culture Divides’ (SensePublishers, 2016), pp. 41–51

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 IET Computer Vision.

Blog post
Fang, J.: ‘A Contagious Cancer Is Spreading Among Several Shellfish Species’, accessed October 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: ‘Review of HEW Guidelines for Acquiring Automatic Data Processing Systems Under the Social Security Act’ (U.S. Government Printing Office, 1979)

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Yao, D.: ‘In situ activity of NAC11-7 roseobacters in coastal waters off the Chesapeake Bay based on ftsZ expression’. Doctoral dissertation, University of Maryland, College Park, 2009

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
Lee, L.: ‘Connect the Blocks’New York Times, 2013, p. D3.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference [2].
This sentence cites two references [2, 4].
This sentence cites four references [2, 4, 6, 8].

About the journal

Full journal titleIET Computer Vision
AbbreviationIET Comput. Vis.
ISSN (print)1751-9632
ScopeComputer Vision and Pattern Recognition

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