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
Lynden-Bell, D. (2010). Retrospective. Allan Sandage (1926-2010). Science (New York, N.Y.), 330(6012), 1763.
A journal article with 2 authors
Fagiolini, M., & Hensch, T. K. (2000). Inhibitory threshold for critical-period activation in primary visual cortex. Nature, 404(6774), 183–186.
A journal article with 3 authors
Arnqvist, G., Jones, T. M., & Elgar, M. A. (2003). Insect behaviour: reversal of sex roles in nuptial feeding. Nature, 424(6947), 387.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Schenkl, S., van Mourik, F., van der Zwan, G., Haacke, S., & Chergui, M. (2005). Probing the ultrafast charge translocation of photoexcited retinal in bacteriorhodopsin. Science (New York, N.Y.), 309(5736), 917–920.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ferdjallah, M. (2011). Introduction to Digital Systems. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Whittaker, D., & Lappan, S. (Eds.). (2009). The Gibbons: New Perspectives on Small Ape Socioecology and Population Biology. New York, NY: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Jin, X., & Chan, S.-H. G. (2010). Unstructured Peer-to-Peer Network Architectures. In X. Shen, H. Yu, J. Buford, & M. Akon (Eds.), Handbook of Peer-to-Peer Networking (pp. 117–142). Boston, MA: Springer US.

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
Andrews, R. (2017, January 12). The US Army Wants To Design Biodegradable Plant-Growing Bullets. Retrieved October 30, 2018, from IFLScience website:


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. (1997). Strategic Mobility: Late Deliveries of Large, Medium Speed Roll-On/Roll-Off Ships (No. NSIAD-97-150). Washington, DC: 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
Viator, L. (2017). Thanatos (Doctoral dissertation). University of Louisiana, Lafayette, LA.

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
Hubbard, B., & Kelly, K. (2017, October 25). Saudi Arabia’s Plan to Move Past Oil: Big Goals and Hurdles. New York Times, p. A12.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Lynden-Bell, 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Fagiolini & Hensch, 2000; Lynden-Bell, 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Fagiolini & Hensch, 2000)
  • Three authors: (Arnqvist, Jones, & Elgar, 2003)
  • 6 or more authors: (Schenkl, van Mourik, van der Zwan, Haacke, & Chergui, 2005)

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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