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Citing and referencing: Standard abbreviations used in the IEEE Reference list

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Standard abbreviations used in the IEEE Reference list

 
Standard abbreviations page contents:

Month abbreviations
Standard IEEE words
Abbreviations for Journal titles
Abbreviations for conference proceedings
Abbreviations for theses

 

You need to check your reference carefully for  terms which should be abbreviated.


1. Month abbreviations for patents, journals, websites

Note: Month abbreviations are not needed for books, reports, conferences or theses.

This is the format for months in IEEE sytle references: Jan., Feb., Mar., Apr., May, June, July, Aug., Sept., Oct., Nov., and Dec.
You will notice that some months appear in full.
Use a slash for bimonthly issues (Aug./Sept. 2000) and a hyphen or en dash for a quarterly (July–Sept. 2000) as recommended by the IEEE Computer Society Style Guide <http://www.computer.org/author/style/index.htm>.


2. Standard IEEE words where they appear in the reference are abbreviated.

See list of words to abbreviate, refer to page 7 of IEEE Citation Reference.

For example:

B. Sun “A study on how to construct the prediction model of library lending of university library,” in  2011 International Conference on Information Science and Technology (ICIST), 2011, pp. 385-389.

will become:

B. Sun “A study on how to construct the prediction model of library lending of university library,” in  2011 Int. Conf. Inform. Sci. and Technology (ICIST), pp. 385-389

 

3. Abbreviations for Journal titles

  • If referencing a Transactions title: abbreviate title. See separate title abbreviations.  Note issue number is not required.
    However if referencing a Transactions title where the article was written prior to 1988, enter the Acronym for that title in the volume details.  For example, vol. AC-26,
  • Abbreviate the month of publication as per Month abbreviations see 1.


4. Abbreviations for conference proceedings

  • Abbreviate IEEE standard words the title of the proceeding see 2 where the words  “Information Science and Technology”  become “Inform. Sci. and Technology”

For example:

M. Premaratne, "Challenges in photonic system simulation" in  Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference

will become:

M. Premaratne, "Challenges in photonic system simulation" in  Proc. 6th Int. Conf. Numerical Simulation Optoelectronic Devices. (NUSOD `06), Sept., pp. 109-110.

 

  • When writing the title of published conference proceedings: Remove most articles and prepositions from the conference title for example: “of the”  and “on” 
    So the conference title "Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Numerical Simulation of Optoelectronic Devices" becomes "Proc.  6th Int. Conf. Numerical Simulation Optoelectronic Devices
    See  p.37 IEEE Editorial Style Manual
  • Include conference acronyms in the conference title if provided eg (NUSOD)


5. Abbreviations for theses

If the work you are referencing is a thesis:

  • Abbreviate standard IEEE words where they appear in the reference see 2.
  • Abbreviate the name of the Department
  • Abbreviate the name of the University if you know the correct abbreviation
  • Abbreviate the State for place of publication details if the work originated from United States