How to format your references using the IET Power Electronics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for IET Power Electronics. 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
Albarède, F.: ‘Volatile accretion history of the terrestrial planets and dynamic implications’Nature, 2009, 461, (7268), pp. 1227–1233.
A journal article with 2 authors
Coura, J.R., Viñas, P.A.: ‘Chagas disease: a new worldwide challenge’Nature, 2010, 465, (7301), pp. S6-7.
A journal article with 3 authors
Bottke, W.F., Vokrouhlický, D., Nesvorný, D.: ‘An asteroid breakup 160 Myr ago as the probable source of the K/T impactor’Nature, 2007, 449, (7158), pp. 48–53.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Rui, G., Abeysinghe, D.C., Nelson, R.L., Zhan, Q.: ‘Demonstration of beam steering via dipole-coupled plasmonic spiral antenna’Sci. Rep., 2013, 3, p. 2237.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Narayanasamy, P.: ‘Postharvest Pathogens and Disease Management’ (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2005)
An edited book
Epstein, L., Ferragina, P. (Eds.): ‘Algorithms – ESA 2012: 20th Annual European Symposium, Ljubljana, Slovenia, September 10-12, 2012. Proceedings’ (Springer, 2012)
A chapter in an edited book
Dascal, M.: ‘The Elements of Thinking’, in Dascal, M. (Ed.): ‘Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz: The Art of Controversies’ (Springer Netherlands, 2006), pp. 29–34

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 Power Electronics.

Blog post
Fang, J.: ‘Bird Cries Wolf, Then Steals Your Juicy Grub’,, 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: ‘Public Transit: Information on Job Access and Reverse Commute Activities after 2012 Statutory Changes’ (U.S. Government Printing Office, 2017)

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Huff, H.K.: ‘Thumb Twiddle Glossolalia: The Soumage’. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 2013

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
Sophia Kishkovsky; Compiled by: ‘Arts, Briefly; Fire Ravages a Russian Cathedral’New York Times, 2006, p. B8.

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 Power Electronics
ISSN (print)1755-4535
ScopeElectrical and Electronic Engineering

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