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IEEE Citation Style

Formatting Your Paper

Title and author(s)

  • Title : 24pt font size, centred at the top of the fist page
  • Author name(s): 10pt font below title
  • Course name or number: 10 pt font below author name
  • Email address(es): 10pt font below course number

Main body of paper

  • 10pt font size
  • Lay out your text in two columns.
  • Both columns on the last page should be the same length
  • Begin your paper with a regularly formatted abstract
  • Then provide an alphabetized list index terms describing the paper. The first term should be capitalized; the rest in lowercase
  • There are rules around formatting section headings and subheadings in your paper. If you are using one or both, please consult the rules here.

Reference List

  • The reference list should appear at the end of your paper. Begin the list on a new page.
  • The title References should be either left justified or centered on the page.
  • The hanging indent for each reference makes the numerical sequence more obvious
  • The entries should appear as one numerical sequence in the order that the material is cited in the text of your assignment.

More Detailed Guidance

Sample Formatted Paper

  • An example of how to lay out your IEEE formatted paper

Standard IEEE Abbreviations

Standard abbreviations may be used in your citations.

A list of appropriate abbreviations can be found below:

Ed./Eds. editor/editors
ed. edition
et al. and others
no. number
p./pp. page/pages
para. paragraph
pt. part
rev. revised
suppl. supplement
Vol. Volume (book)
vol. volume (journal)

Place Names

Well known cities may be cited without any additional information.

The names of US states and territories are abbreviated in the reference list; use the official two-letter U.S. Postal Service abbreviations.

Include country names for less well known towns and cities located outside of the USA.

The names of Canadian provinces may be abbreviated using standard postal abbreviations.

Some examples:

New York: IEEE Computer Society

London: Taylor & Francis

Clevedon, UK: Channel View Publications

Frenchs Forest, NSW: Pearson Education Australia

Pretoria, South Africa: Unisa