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
Crow, J. M. (2012). Therapeutics: Silencing psoriasis. Nature, 492(7429), S58-9.
A journal article with 2 authors
Greaves, M., & Maley, C. C. (2012). Clonal evolution in cancer. Nature, 481(7381), 306–313.
A journal article with 3 authors
Sakai, T., Larsen, M., & Yamada, K. M. (2003). Fibronectin requirement in branching morphogenesis. Nature, 423(6942), 876–881.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Li, S.-J., Hua, Z.-S., Huang, L.-N., Li, J., Shi, S.-H., Chen, L.-X., Kuang, J.-L., Liu, J., Hu, M., & Shu, W.-S. (2014). Microbial communities evolve faster in extreme environments. Scientific Reports, 4, 6205.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Drake, P. P., & Fabozzi, F. J. (2010). The Basics of Finance. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Chaudhuri, S., & Farzan, A. (Eds.). (2016). Computer Aided Verification: 28th International Conference, CAV 2016, Toronto, ON, Canada, July 17-23, 2016, Proceedings, Part II (Vol. 9780). Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
MacBride, F. (2007). On Finite Hume. In R. T. Cook (Ed.), The Arché Papers on the Mathematics of Abstraction (pp. 85–93). Springer Netherlands.

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
Luntz, S. (2014, August 7). How Worms Changed The Course Of Life On Earth. 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. (1990). High Definition Television: The Effects of Standards on U.S. Entertainment Industries (IMTEC-90-33). 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
Aiken, J. (2009). Virtually a leader: Mitigating process losses through shared team states [Doctoral dissertation]. University of Maryland, College Park.

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
Pilon, M. (2014, February 11). To Go Further, Speedskaters Had to Let Go of Their Wheels. New York Times, B10.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Crow, 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Crow, 2012; Greaves & Maley, 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Greaves & Maley, 2012)
  • Three authors: (Sakai et al., 2003)
  • 6 or more authors: (Li 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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