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QuestionHow do I prepare the references section?
Solution There are several simple rules you should follow in order for your paper to be considered for publication:

1. A very good paper has very good references. You are encouraged to cite papers indexed in well-known international databases, published in good journals or conferences. Without exceptions, all these papers have DOI numbers assigned. In the evaluation process, we will follow the ethics and quality of the citations.

2. All references should be cited as follows (missing to do so will result in your paper not to be sent for evaluation):

a. For a paper:

[X] I. S. Moskowitz, P. Cotae, M. H. Kang, P. N. Safier, "Capacity Approximations for a Deterministic MIMO Channel," Advances in Electrical and Computer Engineering, vol. 11, no. 3, pp. 3-10, 2011. doi: 10.4316/AECE.2011.03001

Providing DOI numbers for references is mandatory, if they are available. See the publishers' websites.

b. For a book (you should avoid citing books, but if mandatory cite the precise chapter/section by mentioning the page(s)):

[X] R. A. Horn, C. R. Johnson, "Matrix Analysis", pp. 1023-1043, Cambridge University Press, 1985.

c. For an application note:

[X] Transmission Systems for Communications, 3rd ed., Western Electric Co., Winston-Salem, NC, 1985, pp. 44-60.

d. A technical report:

[X] R. E. Haskell and C. T. Case, "Transient signal propagation in lossless isotropic plasmas," USAF Cambridge Res. Labs., Cambridge, MA, Rep. ARCRL-66-234 (II), 1994, vol. 2.

It is mandatory for all references to be correctly cited, as we will put in the online version of the papers permanent links for all of them (when available). In order to avoid delays from the moment of acceptance and the publication date, all papers should comply with this rule before being submitted for evaluation.

3. All references should be cited in the text in the order they appear. For example, you have to cite the references [1], [2], [3], etc. and not [17], [4], [12], etc. For consecutive references, use [2-5] and not [2],[3],[4],[5]. Also, use [4],[6-8] and not [4],[6],[7],[8].

4. All references are cited in the text.

5. As we publish on the webpage links for every reference (where available) and the number of Clarivate Analytics Web of Knowledge, SCOPUS and CrossRef citations, we require users to provide permanent identification data for references (CrossRef, Handle, PermaLink, PubMed, etc.) if possible.


are NOT PERMANENT LINKS and will not be accepted!

6. Websites are not accepted as references.

7. Papers published in predatory or hijacked journals are not accepted as references. If you cite such a reference, the submission will not be evaluated.

8. The number of cited references is important. It is very improbable your paper is well documented and you considered the state-of-the-art in the field if you cite only 5 references for example. Even if the subject is very restrictive and the topic is about high-end technologies and/or theories, you have to connect your output with previously published results. Reviewers generally estimate a number of at least 25 quality references is a minimum for a well documented paper. For example, you have to consider that even for patents it is requested to cite previous published results dealing with a similar topic.

9. Citing of non-English language publications should be avoided. If you are a non-English language speaker, it is very improbable to find only references written in your mother tongue. It is highly recommended to search also for English language references and cite them properly. This has to be done in the preparation phase of your paper and not after you finished it.

10. Do not cite unpublished papers/works. As you cannot be sure that paper (submitted for consideration to various journals and/or conferences) will ever be published, it is not acceptable to use them as references.

11. Do not cite retracted papers/works. A retracted paper, even still available online on the publisher site, cannot be used as a reliable source of information. A submission containing retracted papers used as references will be rejected without comments.

12. In our opinion, you cannot cite Wikipedia as reference in a scientific paper. Information on Wikipedia - related to a certain topic, is collected from scientific sources that should be cited - see at the bottom of each Wikipedia topic. You better cite the sources used to generate the article on Wikipedia instead citing Wikipedia itself. You have also to remember anyone in the world may alter almost any article on Wikipedia, so the information there could not be used for doing scientific research.

IMPORTANT: In order to better prepare your references section for every paper - not necessary for the one you intend to submit to AECE, we may warmly recommend the program called Zotero. It is free software and may be found both as a standalone application or as Firefox/Chrome and Word extensions. What you have to know are only the DOI numbers of the papers you wish to cite, the rest is very simple, Zotero is able to automatically generate the whole references sections for you. The next step is to simply "Paste Special / Unformatted text", select all the references section and apply the corresponding style - "[1] References" in case of AECE. You have to export the references list from Zotero in IEEE format. You may also use paid software, EndNote for example, with the same output.

Zotero may be downloaded from the web-site or from the local repository we maintain on our web-site. For the latest version of the software we may encourage you to visit their official web-site.

Keywords: references, topic, link, doi, CrossRef, permanent, citation, zotero, endnote

Updated: 20FEB2024
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