How to format your references using the Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics. 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
Nogrady, B., “Neurobiology: life beyond the pain,” Nature, vol. 515, Nov. 2014, pp. S8-9.
A journal article with 2 authors
Stephens, R., and Richey, M., “A business view on U.S. education,” Science (New York, N.Y.), vol. 340, Apr. 2013, pp. 313–314.
A journal article with 3 authors
Berner, R. A., Vandenbrooks, J. M., and Ward, P. D., “Evolution. Oxygen and evolution,” Science (New York, N.Y.), vol. 316, Apr. 2007, pp. 557–558.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Riehle, M. A., Garczynski, S. F., Crim, J. W., Hill, C. A., and Brown, M. R., “Neuropeptides and peptide hormones in Anopheles gambiae,” Science (New York, N.Y.), vol. 298, Oct. 2002, pp. 172–175.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bonk, C. J., The World is Open, San Francisco, CA, USA: Jossey-Bass, 2011.
An edited book
Bozzolo, G., Noebe, R. D., Abel, P. B., and Vij, D. R., eds., Applied Computational Materials Modeling: Theory, Simulation and Experiment, Boston, MA: Springer US, 2007.
A chapter in an edited book
Coosemans, T., Sanfélix, J., Messagie, M., Van Mierlo, J., Alves, A., and Waymel, G., “Lightweight and Integrated Plastic Solutions for Power Battery Racks in Electric Vehicles,” Electric Vehicle Batteries: Moving from Research towards Innovation: Reports of the PPP European Green Vehicles Initiative, E. Briec and B. Müller, eds., Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2015, pp. 61–70.

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 Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics.

Blog post
Andrew, E., “Our Taste For Meat And Dairy Is Risking Climate Goals,” IFLScience Available:


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, NASA: Actions Needed to Improve Transparency and Assess Long-Term Affordability of Human Exploration Programs, Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2014.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Heatlie, J. M., “Effects of Simulation on Senior Nursing Students’ Patient Safety Competence: A Quantitative Study,” Doctoral dissertation, Northcentral University, 2015.

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
Rothenberg, B., “With Appeal Over, Sharapova Lobs Criticism at Tennis Leaders,” New York Times, Oct. 2016, p. B10.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in superscript:

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 titleJournal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics
AbbreviationJ. Guid. Control Dyn.
ISSN (print)0731-5090
ISSN (online)1533-3884
ScopeSpace and Planetary Science
Aerospace Engineering
Control and Systems Engineering
Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Applied Mathematics

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