How to format your references using the IET Renewable Power Generation citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for IET Renewable Power Generation. 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
Muggleton, S.H.: ‘2020 computing: exceeding human limits’Nature, 2006, 440, (7083), pp. 409–410.
A journal article with 2 authors
Tan, L.W.H., Subramaniam, R.: ‘Education. Science and the student entrepreneur’Science, 2002, 298, (5598), p. 1556.
A journal article with 3 authors
Percec, V., Ungar, G., Peterca, M.: ‘Chemistry. Self-assembly in action’Science, 2006, 313, (5783), pp. 55–56.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Choi, M., Scholl, U.I., Yue, P., et al.: ‘K+ channel mutations in adrenal aldosterone-producing adenomas and hereditary hypertension’Science, 2011, 331, (6018), pp. 768–772.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bitam, S., Mellouk, A.: ‘Bio-Inspired Routing Protocols for Vehicular Ad Hoc Networks’ (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2014)
An edited book
Ramirez, D., Ren, J., Jones, K.D., Lamm, H. (Eds.): ‘Environmental Sustainability Issues in the South Texas–Mexico Border Region’ (Springer Netherlands, 2014)
A chapter in an edited book
Grady, M., Magistrale, T.: ‘Fandom and the Shawshank Trail (research contributions by Richard Roberson, Jr.)’, in Magistrale, T. (Ed.): ‘The Shawshank Experience: Tracking the History of the World’s Favorite Movie’ (Palgrave Macmillan US, 2016), pp. 169–215

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 Renewable Power Generation.

Blog post
Carpineti, A.: ‘Hubble Snaps Picture Of Some Of The Earliest Known Galaxies’,, 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: ‘Titan IV Launch Vehicle: Restructured Program Could Reduce Fiscal Year 1992 Funding Needs’ (U.S. Government Printing Office, 1991)

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Zaegel, B.M.: ‘An Evaluation of the School-wide Positive Behavior Intervention and Support Check In/Check Out Behavior Education Program’. Doctoral dissertation, Lindenwood 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
Kelly, S.R.: ‘Bonjour, America!’New York Times, 2013, p. A23.

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 Renewable Power Generation
AbbreviationIET Renew. Power Gener.
ISSN (print)1752-1416
ScopeRenewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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