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
Murray, M. (2003). Anthropology. Overkill and sustainable use. Science (New York, N.Y.), 299(5614), 1851–1853.
A journal article with 2 authors
Droser, M. L., & Gehling, J. G. (2012). Paleontology. Old and groovy. Science (New York, N.Y.), 336(6089), 1646–1647.
A journal article with 3 authors
Conard, N. J., Grootes, P. M., & Smith, F. H. (2004). Unexpectedly recent dates for human remains from Vogelherd. Nature, 430(6996), 198–201.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Scott, R. S., Ungar, P. S., Bergstrom, T. S., Brown, C. A., Grine, F. E., Teaford, M. F., & Walker, A. (2005). Dental microwear texture analysis shows within-species diet variability in fossil hominins. Nature, 436(7051), 693–695.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Firth-Cozens, J., & Harrison, J. (2010). How to Survive in Medicine. Wiley-Blackwell.
An edited book
Schmidt, A. U., Russello, G., Krontiris, I., & Lian, S. (Eds.). (2012). Security and Privacy in Mobile Information and Communication Systems: 4th International Conference, MobiSec 2012, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, June 25-26, 2012, Revised Selected Papers (Vol. 107). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Aïssani, D., Adjabi, S., Cherfaoui, M., Benkhellat, T., & Medjkoune, N. (2009). Forecast of the Traffic and Performance Evaluation of the BMT Container Terminal (Bejaia’s Harbor). In G. Reiner (Ed.), Rapid Modelling for Increasing Competitiveness: Tools and Mindset (pp. 53–64). Springer.

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
Andrew, E. (2014, October 20). Activating Body’s Brown Fat Could Lead To New Weight Loss Method. 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. (1999). Year 2000 Computing Crisis: Status of Airports’ Efforts to Deal with Date Change Problem (RCED/AIMD-99-57). 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
Grayson, N. (2014). Development of a preliminary scale of counterproductive experiences in supervision: Attitudes of clinical psychology doctoral students [Doctoral dissertation]. Pepperdine University.

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
Brantley, B. (2017, June 9). A Perfectly Imperfect Shaggy Fish Story. New York Times, C4.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Murray, 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Droser & Gehling, 2012; Murray, 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Droser & Gehling, 2012)
  • Three authors: (Conard et al., 2004)
  • 6 or more authors: (Scott et al., 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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