How to format your references using the Innovations in Education and Teaching International citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Innovations in Education and Teaching International. 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
Villeval, M. C. (2012). Economics. Ready, steady, compete. Science (New York, N.Y.), 335(6068), 544–545.
A journal article with 2 authors
Myers, M. G., Jr, & Olson, D. P. (2012). Central nervous system control of metabolism. Nature, 491(7424), 357–363.
A journal article with 3 authors
Wittlinger, M., Wehner, R., & Wolf, H. (2006). The ant odometer: stepping on stilts and stumps. Science (New York, N.Y.), 312(5782), 1965–1967.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Hofmann, D. C., Roberts, S., Otis, R., Kolodziejska, J., Dillon, R. P., Suh, J.-O., Shapiro, A. A., Liu, Z.-K., & Borgonia, J.-P. (2014). Developing gradient metal alloys through radial deposition additive manufacturing. Scientific Reports, 4, 5357.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Goshtasby, A. A. (2017). Theory and Applications of Image Registration. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Xie, Y. (Ed.). (2014). Emerging Memory Technologies: Design, Architecture, and Applications. Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Bikakis, A., & Antoniou, G. (2008). Distributed Reasoning with Conflicts in an Ambient Peer-to-Peer Setting. In M. Mühlhäuser, A. Ferscha, & E. Aitenbichler (Eds.), Constructing Ambient Intelligence: AmI 2007 Workshops Darmstadt, Germany, November 7-10, 2007 Revised Papers (pp. 24–33). Springer.

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 Innovations in Education and Teaching International.

Blog post
Fang, J. (2015, May 9). Marmoset Babies Learn to Wait for Their Turn to Talk. IFLScience; IFLScience.


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. (2011). Rail Transit: Reliability of FTA’s Rail Accident Database (GAO-11-217R). U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Schoettler, M. R. (2017). A Publish-Subscribe Framework for Embedded Systems: Simplifying the Development Process [Doctoral dissertation]. California State University, Long Beach.

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
Shpigel, B. (2017, April 5). N.H.L.’s Olympics Stance Leaves Players Cold. New York Times, B7.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Villeval, 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Myers & Olson, 2012; Villeval, 2012).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Myers & Olson, 2012)
  • Three authors: (Wittlinger et al., 2006)
  • 6 or more authors: (Hofmann et al., 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleInnovations in Education and Teaching International
AbbreviationInnov. Educ. Teach. Int.
ISSN (print)1470-3297
ISSN (online)1470-3300

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