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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for International Journal of Fuzzy Systems. 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
Bertrand, C.A.: Tech.Sight. Color by number: imaging large data. Science. 293, 1335–1336 (2001)
A journal article with 2 authors
Gabaldón, T., Huynen, M.A.: Reconstruction of the proto-mitochondrial metabolism. Science. 301, 609 (2003)
A journal article with 3 authors
Boyce, D.G., Lewis, M.R., Worm, B.: Global phytoplankton decline over the past century. Nature. 466, 591–596 (2010)
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Shechner, D.M., Grant, R.A., Bagby, S.C., Koldobskaya, Y., Piccirilli, J.A., Bartel, D.P.: Crystal structure of the catalytic core of an RNA-polymerase ribozyme. Science. 326, 1271–1275 (2009)

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kyan, M., Muneesawang, P., Jarrah, K., Guan, L.: Unsupervised Learning. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ (2014)
An edited book
Jacko, J.A. ed: Human-Computer Interaction. Interaction Techniques and Environments: 14th International Conference, HCI International 2011, Orlando, FL, USA, July 9-14, 2011, Proceedings, Part II. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg (2011)
A chapter in an edited book
Feil, B., Abonyi, J.: Geodesic Distance Based Fuzzy Clustering. In: Saad, A., Dahal, K., Sarfraz, M., and Roy, R. (eds.) Soft Computing in Industrial Applications: Recent Trends. pp. 50–59. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg (2007)

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 Fuzzy Systems.

Blog post
Andrew, E.: Jaw-Bone Discovery Reveals More About Secret Sex Lives Of Neanderthals And Early Humans


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: Airline Competition: Options For Addressing Financial and Competition Problems. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC (1993)

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Platt, J.B.: Feast in the time of terror: Stalinist temporal paradox and the 1937 Pushkin Jubilee, (2008)

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
Zernike, K.: Once ‘Fixed,’ Now Pensions Haunt Christie, (2015)

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [1].
This sentence cites two references [1, 2].
This sentence cites four references [1–4].

About the journal

Full journal titleInternational Journal of Fuzzy Systems
AbbreviationInt. J. Fuzzy Syst.
ISSN (print)1562-2479
ISSN (online)2199-3211
ScopeArtificial Intelligence
Computational Theory and Mathematics
Theoretical Computer Science

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