How to format your references using the Integration, the VLSI Journal citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Integration, the VLSI Journal. 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
D.W. Keith, Why capture CO2 from the atmosphere?, Science. 325 (2009) 1654–1655.
A journal article with 2 authors
B. Delaval, S. Doxsey, Genetics. Dwarfism, where pericentrin gains stature, Science. 319 (2008) 732–733.
A journal article with 3 authors
A. Czaplicka, J.A. Holyst, P.M.A. Sloot, Noise enhances information transfer in hierarchical networks, Sci. Rep. 3 (2013) 1223.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
S. Maharana, J. Wang, D.K. Papadopoulos, D. Richter, A. Pozniakovsky, I. Poser, M. Bickle, S. Rizk, J. Guillén-Boixet, T.M. Franzmann, M. Jahnel, L. Marrone, Y.-T. Chang, J. Sterneckert, P. Tomancak, A.A. Hyman, S. Alberti, RNA buffers the phase separation behavior of prion-like RNA binding proteins, Science. 360 (2018) 918–921.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
L. Nicu, T. Leïchlé, Micro- and Nanoelectromechanical Biosensors, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2013.
An edited book
J.G. Yates, Fluidized-Bed Reactors: Processes and Operating Conditions, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
T. Shaikh, R. Dasgupta, Urinary Tract Infection in Diabetic Patients, in: A. Rané, R. Dasgupta (Eds.), Urinary Tract Infection: Clinical Perspectives on Urinary Tract Infection, Springer, London, 2013: pp. 45–51.

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 Integration, the VLSI Journal.

Blog post
R. Andrews, 16th-Century Church Emerges From Dam Reservoir After Drought, IFLScience. (2017).


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, Congressional Budget Reform: What Are Its Prospects?, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1974.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
K. Holmes, Ethical practice online: An exploration of provider liability risk among practitioners in the emerging field of online therapy, Doctoral dissertation, Capella University, 2008.

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
L. Greenhouse, The Roberts Court Takes On Abortion, New York Times. (2006) WK14.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [1].
This sentence cites two references [1,2].
This sentence cites four references [1–4].

About the journal

Full journal titleIntegration, the VLSI Journal
AbbreviationIntegration (Amst.)
ISSN (print)0167-9260
ScopeHardware and Architecture
Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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