How to format your references using the Interactive Learning Environments citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Interactive Learning Environments. 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
Salzberg, S. (2008). The contents of the syringe. Nature, 454(7201), 160–161.
A journal article with 2 authors
Bauer, J., & Prenzel, M. (2012). Science education. European teacher training reforms. Science (New York, N.Y.), 336(6089), 1642–1643.
A journal article with 3 authors
Gustafson, J. L., Lim, D., & Miller, S. J. (2010). Dynamic kinetic resolution of biaryl atropisomers via peptide-catalyzed asymmetric bromination. Science (New York, N.Y.), 328(5983), 1251–1255.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Zhang, Q., Fujino, M., Iwasaki, S., Hirano, H., Cai, S., Kitajima, Y., Xu, J., & Li, X.-K. (2014). Generation and characterization of regulatory dendritic cells derived from murine induced pluripotent stem cells. Scientific Reports, 4, 3979.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Rossi, R. J. (2006). Theorems, Corollaries, Lemmas, and Methods of Proof. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Fogo, A. B. (2014). Fundamentals of Renal Pathology (A. H. Cohen, R. B. Colvin, J. C. Jennette, & C. E. Alpers, Eds.; 2nd ed. 2014). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Ahmmed, M. (2015). Inclusive Education in Bangladesh. In T. Corcoran, J. White, & B. Whitburn (Eds.), Disability Studies: Educating for Inclusion (pp. 57–73). SensePublishers.

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 Interactive Learning Environments.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015, April 29). Was Water Abundant In The Early Universe? 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. (1986). Guaranteed Student Loans: Guidelines for Reducing Guaranty Agency Reserves (HRD-86-129BR). 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
Parker, D. D. (2017). Uncovering Three Trumpet Works of Sofia Gubaidulina [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
Almosawa, S., & Hubbard, B. (2016, October 10). Blast ‘So Vile’ It Could Alter War in Yemen. New York Times, A1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Salzberg, 2008).
This sentence cites two references (Bauer & Prenzel, 2012; Salzberg, 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Bauer & Prenzel, 2012)
  • Three authors: (Gustafson et al., 2010)
  • 6 or more authors: (Zhang et al., 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleInteractive Learning Environments
AbbreviationInteract. Learn. Environ.
ISSN (print)1049-4820
ISSN (online)1744-5191
ScopeComputer Science Applications

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