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
Weitz, D. A. (2004). PHYSICS. Packing in the spheres. Science (New York, N.Y.), 303(5660), 968–969.
A journal article with 2 authors
Yeates, T. O., & Clubb, R. T. (2007). Biochemistry. How some pili pull. Science (New York, N.Y.), 318(5856), 1558–1559.
A journal article with 3 authors
Nakatsuji, S., Kiyohara, N., & Higo, T. (2015). Large anomalous Hall effect in a non-collinear antiferromagnet at room temperature. Nature, 527(7577), 212–215.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Peckham, R. K., Brill, R., Foster, D. S., Bowen, A. L., Leigh, J. A., Coffey, T. J., & Flynn, R. J. (2014). Two distinct populations of bovine IL-17+ T-cells can be induced and WC1+IL-17+γδ T-cells are effective killers of protozoan parasites. Scientific Reports, 4, 5431.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Smith, M. B. (2014). Compendium of Organic Synthetic Methods: Smith/Compendium. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Abdul Rahman, A., Boguslawski, P., Gold, C., & Said, M. N. (Eds.). (2013). Developments in Multidimensional Spatial Data Models. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Heiberger, R. M., & Neuwirth, E. (2009). Normal and t Workbook. In E. Neuwirth (Ed.), R Through Excel: A Spreadsheet Interface for Statistics, Data Analysis, and Graphics (pp. 81–103). New York, NY: 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
Hale, T. (2016, September 9). Beautiful And Terrifying Time-Lapse Shows Antibiotic Resistance In Action. Retrieved October 30, 2018, from


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. (2007). Homeland Security: DHS Enterprise Architecture Continues to Evolve but Improvements Needed (No. GAO-07-564). 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
Bratton, E. W. (2012). Clinical management and outcomes of patients in the Duke Cryptococcosis Clinical Cohort, 1996 - 2009 (Doctoral dissertation). University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC.

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
Winerip, M., & Schwirtz, M. (2015, June 2). Federal Inquiry on Rikers Turns to Union Chief. New York Times, p. A1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Weitz, 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Weitz, 2004; Yeates & Clubb, 2007).

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

  • Two authors: (Yeates & Clubb, 2007)
  • Three authors: (Nakatsuji, Kiyohara, & Higo, 2015)
  • 6 or more authors: (Peckham et al., 2014)

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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