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
Wheeler, A. R., “Chemistry. Putting Electrowetting to Work,” Science (New York, N.Y.), Vol. 322, No. 5901, 2008, pp. 539–540.
A journal article with 2 authors
Boyet, M., and Carlson, R. W., “142Nd Evidence for Early (>4.53 Ga) Global Differentiation of the Silicate Earth,” Science (New York, N.Y.), Vol. 309, No. 5734, 2005, pp. 576–581.
A journal article with 3 authors
Schmidt, A. R., Dörfelt, H., and Perrichot, V., “Carnivorous Fungi from Cretaceous Amber,” Science (New York, N.Y.), Vol. 318, No. 5857, 2007, p. 1743.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Mizushima, N., Levine, B., Cuervo, A. M., and Klionsky, D. J., “Autophagy Fights Disease through Cellular Self-Digestion,” Nature, Vol. 451, No. 7182, 2008, pp. 1069–1075.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Levander, C. F., “Where Is American Literature?,” Wiley Blackwell, Oxford, UK, 2013.
An edited book
Padró, C., Ed., “Information Theoretic Security: 7th International Conference, ICITS 2013, Singapore, November 28-30, 2013, Proceedings,” Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2014.
A chapter in an edited book
Martens, K., and Wolf, K. D., “Boomerangs and Trojan Horses: The Unintended Consequences of Internationalising Education Policy Through the EU and the OECD,” European Integration and the Governance of Higher Education and Research, edited by A. Amaral, G. Neave, C. Musselin, and P. Maassen, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2009, pp. 81–107.

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
Hale, T., “NASA Footage Shows Strange ‘Black Hole’ In The Sun,” IFLScience, IFLScience, Jul 14 2016. Retrieved 30 October 2018.


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, “General Government Information Systems Issue Area: Active Assignments,” AA-96-28(4), U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, September 1996.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Monk, K. J., “Effects of Distractors and Force Feedback on an Aimed Movement Task in a CDTI Environment,” Doctoral dissertation. California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA, 2014.

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
Gustines, G. G., “In a First, Graphic Novelist Is National Envoy for Children’s Literature,” New York Times, Jan 04 2016, p. C5.

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 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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