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
Lewis, S. L. “How to Beat the Media in the Climate Street Fight.” Nature, Vol. 468, No. 7320, 2010, p. 7.
A journal article with 2 authors
Fisher, A. T., and Becker, K. “Channelized Fluid Flow in Oceanic Crust Reconciles Heat-Flow and Permeability Data.” Nature, Vol. 403, No. 6765, 2000, pp. 71–74.
A journal article with 3 authors
Kokoouline, V., Greene, C. H., and Esry, B. D. “Mechanism for the Destruction of H+3 Ions by Electron Impact.” Nature, Vol. 412, No. 6850, 2001, pp. 891–894.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Thyme, S. B., Jarjour, J., Takeuchi, R., Havranek, J. J., Ashworth, J., Scharenberg, A. M., Stoddard, B. L., and Baker, D. “Exploitation of Binding Energy for Catalysis and Design.” Nature, Vol. 461, No. 7268, 2009, pp. 1300–1304.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Belsey, C. A Future for Criticism. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK, 2011.
An edited book
Kowalczyk, R., Huhns, M., Klusch, M., Maamar, Z., and Vo, Q. B., Eds. Service-Oriented Computing: Agents, Semantics, and Engineering: AAMAS 2008 International Workshop, SOCASE 2008, Estoril, Portugal, May 12, 2008 Proceedings. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2008.
A chapter in an edited book
Soemantri, S., and Afifa, T. Mortality Trends in Indonesia. In Contemporary Demographic Transformations in China, India and Indonesia (C. Z. Guilmoto and G. W. Jones, eds.), Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2016, pp. 73–87.

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
Hamilton, K. Scientists Transplant Rat Testis To The Neck Of Another Rat. IFLScience. Accessed Oct. 30, 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. Information Technology: Implementation of Reform Legislation Needed to Improve Acquisitions and Operations. Publication GAO-16-204T. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2015.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Jurka, J. The Importance of Being a Complement: CED Effects Revisited. Doctoral dissertation. University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, MD, 2010.

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
Barry, E., and Kishkovsky, S. “Russian President Sends Obama Warning on European Missile System.” New York Times, Nov 06, 2008, p. A6.

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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