How to format your references using the Journal of Signal Processing Systems citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Signal Processing 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
Bohannon, J. (2008). The Gonzo Scientist. Calling all dancing scientists! Science (New York, N.Y.), 322(5899), 186.
A journal article with 2 authors
Guimerà, R., & Nunes Amaral, L. A. (2005). Functional cartography of complex metabolic networks. Nature, 433(7028), 895–900.
A journal article with 3 authors
Qvarnström, A., Brommer, J. E., & Gustafsson, L. (2006). Testing the genetics underlying the co-evolution of mate choice and ornament in the wild. Nature, 441(7089), 84–86.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Barthelemy, M., Bordin, P., Berestycki, H., & Gribaudi, M. (2013). Self-organization versus top-down planning in the evolution of a city. Scientific reports, 3, 2153.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Zeng, K., Lou, W., & Li, M. (2011). Multihop Wireless Networks. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Croon, J. A. (2005). Matching Properties of Deep Sub-Micron MOS Transistors. (W. Sansen & H. E. Maes, Eds.) (Vol. 851). Boston, MA: Springer US.
A chapter in an edited book
Jalabert, A., Amara, A., & Clermidy, F. (2008). Presentation of the Molecular Memory Cell. In A. Amara & F. Clermidy (Eds.), Molecular Electronics Materials, Devices and Applications (pp. 113–126). Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.

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 Signal Processing Systems.

Blog post
Carpineti, C. (2017, February 14). There Could Be An Enormous Secret Concealed Within Tutankhamun’s Tomb. IFLScience. IFLScience. Retrieved October 30, 2018, from


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. (1990). Higher Education: Gaps in Parents’ and Students’ Knowledge of School Costs and Federal Aid (No. PEMD-90-20BR). Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Noll, R. T. (2009). Physician acceptance of Computerized Physician Order Entry in outpatient settings: A quantitative analysis of family medicine within Maricopa County, Arizona (Doctoral dissertation). Capella University, Minneapolis, MN.

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
Leland, J. (2016, October 14). Loft Life: Music, Stretching and Leftovers. New York Times, p. MB2.

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 Signal Processing Systems
AbbreviationJ. Signal Process. Syst.
ISSN (print)1939-8018
ISSN (online)1939-8115
ScopeHardware and Architecture
Information Systems
Signal Processing
Control and Systems Engineering
Modelling and Simulation
Theoretical Computer Science

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