How to format your references using the IET Control Theory & Applications citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for IET Control Theory & Applications. 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
Smaglik, P.: ‘Coping with the inevitable’Nature, 2004, 430, (7003), p. 1063.
A journal article with 2 authors
Gorbunova, Y.V., Spitzer, N.C.: ‘Dynamic interactions of cyclic AMP transients and spontaneous Ca(2+) spikes’Nature, 2002, 418, (6893), pp. 93–96.
A journal article with 3 authors
Maertens, G.N., Hare, S., Cherepanov, P.: ‘The mechanism of retroviral integration from X-ray structures of its key intermediates’Nature, 2010, 468, (7321), pp. 326–329.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Lee, J., Fujita, K., Schmidt, A.R., et al.: ‘Spectroscopic fingerprint of phase-incoherent superconductivity in the cuprate pseudogap state [corrected]’Science, 2009, 325, (5944), pp. 1099–1103.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Robbins, N.B.: ‘Creating More Effective Graphs’ (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2004)
An edited book
Tay, L.Y., Lim, C.P. (Eds.): ‘Creating Holistic Technology-Enhanced Learning Experiences: Tales from a Future School in Singapore’ (SensePublishers, 2013)
A chapter in an edited book
Saifullah, A.M., Tsin, Y.H.: ‘A Self-stabilizing Algorithm For 3-Edge-Connectivity’, in Stojmenovic, I., Thulasiram, R.K., Yang, L.T., Jia, W., Guo, M., Mello, R.F. de (Eds.): ‘Parallel and Distributed Processing and Applications: 5th International Symposium, ISPA 2007 Niagara Falls, Canada, August 29-31, 2007 Proceedings’ (Springer, 2007), pp. 6–19

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 Control Theory & Applications.

Blog post
Hale, T.: ‘A Dolphin Pod Put On Quite A Show In This Stunning Footage’, 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: ‘Telecommunications Market in Canada’ (U.S. Government Printing Office, 1994)

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Vincent, P.S.: ‘The State of Chaos’. Doctoral dissertation, Ohio State University, 2012

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
Gustines, G.G.: ‘From “Rocket Girl” to Karaoke Superstar’New York Times, 2015, p. MB2.

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 Control Theory & Applications
ISSN (print)1751-8644
ScopeComputer Science Applications
Human-Computer Interaction
Control and Systems Engineering
Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Control and Optimization

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