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IEEE Citation Style: Characteristics of IEEE citation style

Characteristics of IEEE citation style

The IEEE Style is a number style with two key components: In-text citations, which appear within the text (a citation number in a square bracket), and a reference list at the end of the text (which provides full details of all references cited in-text).
The citations in the reference list are numbered and appear in the same order that they appear in the text. When referring to a reference in the text of the document, put the number of the reference in square brackets, e.g: [1].
The IEEE citation style has 3 main features:
  1. The author name is first name (or initial) and last. This differs from other styles where author's last name is first.
  2. The title of an article (or chapter, conference paper, patent, etc.) is in quotation marks.
  3. The title of the book or journal is in italics.

These conventions allow the reader to distinguish between types of reference at a glance. The correct placement of periods, commas and colons, and of date and page numbers depends on the type of reference cited.

Last Updated: 05 October 2009

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