How to format your references using the Sensing and Imaging citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Sensing and Imaging. 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
Müller, R. D. (2010). Geophysics. Sedimentary basins feeling the heat from below. Science (New York, N.Y.), 329(5993), 769–770.
A journal article with 2 authors
Lea, A. M., & Ryan, M. J. (2015). SEXUAL SELECTION. Irrationality in mate choice revealed by túngara frogs. Science (New York, N.Y.), 349(6251), 964–966.
A journal article with 3 authors
Corominas-Murtra, B., Fortuny, J., & Solé, R. V. (2014). Towards a mathematical theory of meaningful communication. Scientific reports, 4, 4587.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Kamermans, M., Fahrenfort, I., Schultz, K., Janssen-Bienhold, U., Sjoerdsma, T., & Weiler, R. (2001). Hemichannel-mediated inhibition in the outer retina. Science (New York, N.Y.), 292(5519), 1178–1180.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Onstott, S. (2017). AutoCAD® and AutoCAD LT® Essentials. Indianapolis, Indiana: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Tsihrintzis, G. A., & Jain, L. C. (Eds.). (2010). Multimedia Services in Intelligent Environments: Integrated Systems (Vol. 3). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Alsabaan, M., Naik, K., Abdelkader, T., Khalifa, T., & Nayak, A. (2011). Geocast Routing in Vehicular Networks for Reduction of CO 2 Emissions. In D. Kranzlmüller & A. M. Toja (Eds.), Information and Communication on Technology for the Fight against Global Warming: First International Conference, ICT-GLOW 2011, Toulouse, France, August 30-31, 2011. Proceedings (pp. 26–40). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.

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 Sensing and Imaging.

Blog post
Luntz, S. (2014, September 17). Ichthyosaurs Gave Life To Ocean Depths. 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. (1998). Environmental Protection: EPA’s Science and Technology Funds (No. RCED-99-12). 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
Swenson, M. D. (2012). Second generation Latinos and the perceived barriers to college enrollment (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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
Hollander, S. (2002, October 13). Leading by 21 Points, Lions Cannot Hold On. New York Times, p. 84.

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 titleSensing and Imaging
AbbreviationSens. Imaging
ISSN (print)1557-2064
ISSN (online)1557-2072
ScopeElectrical and Electronic Engineering

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