How to format your references using the Robotics and Autonomous Systems citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Robotics and Autonomous 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
J.N. Connelly, Geochemistry. Adjusting the solar system’s absolute clock, Science. 327 (2010) 422–423.
A journal article with 2 authors
B. Adlam, M.A. Nowak, Universality of fixation probabilities in randomly structured populations, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 6692.
A journal article with 3 authors
D. Bruhn, N. Groebner, D.L. Kohlstedt, An interconnected network of core-forming melts produced by shear deformation, Nature. 403 (2000) 883–886.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
S. Feng, H. Chen, Y. Liu, Z. Huang, X. Sun, L. Zhou, X. Lu, Q. Gao, A novel vitreous substitute of using a foldable capsular vitreous body injected with polyvinylalcohol hydrogel, Sci. Rep. 3 (2013) 1838.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
E.G. Sinaiski, Hydromechanics, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany, 2011.
An edited book
P. Kielanowski, P. Bieliavsky, A. Odesskii, A. Odzijewicz, M. Schlichenmaier, T. Voronov, eds., Geometric Methods in Physics: XXXII Workshop, Białowieża, Poland, June 30-July 6, 2013, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2014.
A chapter in an edited book
J.L. Sánchez-Menoyo, J. Ruiz-Ojeda, Acute Viral Encephalitis: Herpesviruses and Enteroviruses, in: J.C. García-Moncó (Ed.), CNS Infections: A Clinical Approach, Springer, London, 2014: pp. 57–79.

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 Robotics and Autonomous Systems.

Blog post
E. Andrew, 1995 VHS Footage Captures Shocking Orca Incident At SeaWorld, IFLScience. (2014).


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, ADP Systems: SSA Efforts in Implementing Its Field Office Modernization, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1989.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
D.P. Gurska, Peering Down the Bottomless Well: Myth in Thomas Mann’s Joseph Tetralogy, Doctoral dissertation, Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2017.

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
STEVEN LEE MYERS; Sophia Kishkovsky contributed reporting for this article, Prosecutor Says Chechen Rebel Had Editor Killed, New York Times. (2005) A11.

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 titleRobotics and Autonomous Systems
AbbreviationRob. Auton. Syst.
ISSN (print)0921-8890
ScopeComputer Science Applications
Control and Systems Engineering
General Mathematics

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