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
Tromans, A., “Cell biology. Asymmetry in action,” Nature, vol. 411, May 2001, p. 33.
A journal article with 2 authors
Conway, G., and Toenniessen, G., “Agriculture. Science for African food security,” Science (New York, N.Y.), vol. 299, Feb. 2003, pp. 1187–1188.
A journal article with 3 authors
Xu, C., Shang, X.-D., and Huang, R. X., “Horizontal eddy energy flux in the world oceans diagnosed from altimetry data,” Scientific reports, vol. 4, Jun. 2014, p. 5316.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Staniewicz, L., Vaudey, T., Degrandcourt, C., Couty, M., Gaboriaud, F., and Midgley, P., “Electron tomography provides a direct link between the Payne effect and the inter-particle spacing of rubber composites,” Scientific reports, vol. 4, Dec. 2014, p. 7389.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Tian, J., Software Quality Engineering, Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2005.
An edited book
Grimaud, G., and Standaert, F.-X., eds., Smart Card Research and Advanced Applications: 8th IFIP WG 8.8/11.2 International Conference, CARDIS 2008, London, UK, September 8-11, 2008. Proceedings, Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, 2008.
A chapter in an edited book
Meani, E., Brambilla, S., Mondini, A., Romanò, C. L., and Ioppolo, F., “Whiplash Lesions: Orthopedic Considerations,” Whiplash Injuries: Diagnosis and Treatment, D.C. Alpini, G. Brugnoni, and A. Cesarani, eds., Milano: Springer, 2014, pp. 43–54.

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
Carpineti, A., “New Transgenic Corn Can Guarantee Food Safety For Millions,” 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, The Role of Field Operations in the Federal Communications Commission’s Regulatory Structure, Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1978.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Kim, S. B., “Model uncertainty and model averaging in the estimation of benchmark dose,” Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 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
Saslow, L., “From Educators, Caution on Parent Fund-Raisers and Foundations,” New York Times, Mar. 2009, p. LI5.

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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