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
Bertone, G. (2010). The moment of truth for WIMP dark matter. Nature, 468(7322), 389–393.
A journal article with 2 authors
Nandy, D., & Choudhuri, A. R. (2002). Explaining the latitudinal distribution of sunspots with deep meridional flow. Science (New York, N.Y.), 296(5573), 1671–1673.
A journal article with 3 authors
Jacobs, S. S., Giulivi, C. F., & Mele, P. A. (2002). Freshening of the Ross Sea during the late 20th century. Science (New York, N.Y.), 297(5580), 386–389.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Vartanian, J.-P., Guétard, D., Henry, M., & Wain-Hobson, S. (2008). Evidence for editing of human papillomavirus DNA by APOBEC3 in benign and precancerous lesions. Science (New York, N.Y.), 320(5873), 230–233.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Maillard, P. (2013). Competitive Quality Strategies. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Chaki, N. (2014). Exploring Image Binarization Techniques (S. H. Shaikh & K. Saeed, Eds.; Vol. 560). Springer India.
A chapter in an edited book
Smits, J. (2014). The Law of Contract. In J. Hage & B. Akkermans (Eds.), Introduction to Law (pp. 51–70). Springer International Publishing.

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, November 5). Early Results of Human Trials For Anti-Aging Drug Are Promising. 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). NASA: Choices and Challenges (No. 146026). 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
Valdovinos, G. (2012). Entre familia (among family): A parent training and social support program for Latino families. A grant proposal [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
Grynbaum, M. M. (2017, May 10). Firing Puts Public Split Over Media On Display. New York Times, A13.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Bertone, 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Bertone, 2010; Nandy & Choudhuri, 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Nandy & Choudhuri, 2002)
  • Three authors: (Jacobs et al., 2002)
  • 6 or more authors: (Vartanian et al., 2008)

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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