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
Fields, B.D.: ‘Cosmology. A census of cosmic matter’Science, 2001, 294, (5542), pp. 529–530.
A journal article with 2 authors
Timmermann, A., Menviel, L.: ‘Climate change. What drives climate flip-flops?’Science, 2009, 325, (5938), pp. 273–274.
A journal article with 3 authors
Fowler, J.H., Johnson, T., Smirnov, O.: ‘Human behaviour: Egalitarian motive and altruistic punishment’Nature, 2005, 433, (7021), p. 1 p following 32; discussion following 32.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Izaddoost, S., Nam, S.-C., Bhat, M.A., Bellen, H.J., Choi, K.-W.: ‘Drosophila Crumbs is a positional cue in photoreceptor adherens junctions and rhabdomeres’Nature, 2002, 416, (6877), pp. 178–183.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kassapoglou, C.: ‘Design and Analysis of Composite Structures’ (John Wiley & Sons Ltd, 2013)
An edited book
Bica, I., Reyhanitabar, R. (Eds.): ‘Innovative Security Solutions for Information Technology and Communications: 9th International Conference, SECITC 2016, Bucharest, Romania, June 9-10, 2016, Revised Selected Papers’ (Springer International Publishing, 2016)
A chapter in an edited book
Gong, S., Barrie, L.A.: ‘The Distribution of Atmospheric Aerosols: Transport, Transformation and Removal’, in Levin, Z., Cotton, W.R. (Eds.): ‘Aerosol Pollution Impact on Precipitation: A Scientific Review’ (Springer Netherlands, 2009), pp. 91–141

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
Andrew, E.: ‘Overcoming The Social Barriers To Climate Consensus’,, 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: ‘Consumer Health Informatics: Emerging Issues’ (U.S. Government Printing Office, 1996)

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
McElhoes, J.L.: ‘Spatial, Technological, and Functional Variability Among the Prehistoric Ceramics of the Southern California Coast’. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 2017

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
Leland, J.: ‘Twilight of a Difficult Man’New York Times, 2017, p. MB1.

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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