How to format your references using the International Journal of Control citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for International Journal of Control. 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
Gould, P. L. (2008). Physics. Cold molecules beat the shakes. Science (New York, N.Y.), 322(5899), 203–204.
A journal article with 2 authors
Taylor, J. R. A., & Kier, W. M. (2003). Switching skeletons: hydrostatic support in molting crabs. Science (New York, N.Y.), 301(5630), 209–210.
A journal article with 3 authors
Blaha, G., Stanley, R. E., & Steitz, T. A. (2009). Formation of the first peptide bond: the structure of EF-P bound to the 70S ribosome. Science (New York, N.Y.), 325(5943), 966–970.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Diaz-Herraiz, M., Jurado, V., Cuezva, S., Laiz, L., Pallecchi, P., Tiano, P., Sanchez-Moral, S., & Saiz-Jimenez, C. (2013). The actinobacterial colonization of Etruscan paintings. Scientific Reports, 3, 1440.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Perez, A. (2013). IP, Ethernet and MPLS Networks. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Pereyra, M. C., Marcantognini, S., Stokolos, A. M., & Urbina, W. (Eds.). (2016). Harmonic Analysis, Partial Differential Equations, Complex Analysis, Banach Spaces, and Operator Theory (Volume 1): Celebrating Cora Sadosky’s life (Vol. 4). Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Celik, I. B., & Pakalapati, S. R. (2008). From a Single Cell to a Stack Modeling. In R. Bove & S. Ubertini (Eds.), Modeling Solid Oxide Fuel Cells: Methods, Procedures and Techniques (pp. 123–182). 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 International Journal of Control.

Blog post
Luntz, S. (2016, September 14). Protective Coating Could Revolutionize Waterproofing. 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. (1992). EOS Data Policy: Questions Remain About U.S. Commercial Access (IMTEC-92-44). 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
Kreisel, M. (2015). Gabor frames for quasicrystals and K-theory [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
Dinardo, K. (2016, July 29). A Lakeside Art Deco Hotel Shines Anew. New York Times, TR3.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Gould, 2008).
This sentence cites two references (Gould, 2008; Taylor & Kier, 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Taylor & Kier, 2003)
  • Three authors: (Blaha et al., 2009)
  • 6 or more authors: (Diaz-Herraiz et al., 2013)

About the journal

Full journal titleInternational Journal of Control
AbbreviationInt. J. Control
ISSN (print)0020-7179
ISSN (online)1366-5820
ScopeComputer Science Applications
Control and Systems Engineering

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