How to format your references using the IET Networks citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for IET Networks. 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
Ravetz, J.: ‘Sociology of science: Keep standards high’Nature, 2012, 481, (7379), p. 25.
A journal article with 2 authors
Milad, M.R., Quirk, G.J.: ‘Neurons in medial prefrontal cortex signal memory for fear extinction’Nature, 2002, 420, (6911), pp. 70–74.
A journal article with 3 authors
Holland, N.D., Holland, L.Z., Holland, P.W.H.: ‘Scenarios for the making of vertebrates’Nature, 2015, 520, (7548), pp. 450–455.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Pascual, J.I., Lorente, N., Song, Z., Conrad, H., Rust, H.-P.: ‘Selectivity in vibrationally mediated single-molecule chemistry’Nature, 2003, 423, (6939), pp. 525–528.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Mariño, P.P.: ‘Optimization of Computer Networks - Modeling and Algorithms’ (John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, 2016)
An edited book
Ng, I., Parry, G., Wild, P., McFarlane, D., Tasker, P. (Eds.): ‘Complex Engineering Service Systems: Concepts and Research’ (Springer, 2011)
A chapter in an edited book
Jansana, R.: ‘Selfextensional Logics with Implication’, in Beziau, J.-Y. (Ed.): ‘Logica Universalis: Towards a General Theory of Logic’ (Birkhäuser, 2007), pp. 63–86

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 Networks.

Blog post
Andrew, D.: ‘Tracking Criminals’ Biodata Is Another Step Towards Constant Surveillance For Us All’,, 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: ‘Weather Forecasting: National Weather Service’s Operations Prototype Needs More Rigorous Planning’ (U.S. Government Printing Office, 2007)

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Martinez Abadia, J.M.: ‘French for Spanish speakers: A contrastive study of English monolingual, bilingual, and plurilingual adult learners of French’. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 2014

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
Sisario, B.: ‘Judge Voids Deal Over Prince Catalog’New York Times, 2017, p. B4.

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 Networks
ISSN (print)2047-4954

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