I was asked to turn a set of references into the following citation format:

[Qin2014] Z. Qin, G. Denker, C. Giannelli, P. Bellavista and N. Venkatasubramanian, “A software defined networking architecture for the internet-of-things,” 2014 IEEE network operations and management symposium (NOMS), 2014, pp. 1-9, doi: 10.1109/NOMS.2014.6838365

However, no information was given as to what the name of this style is.

Already tried looking in this website: https://editor.citationstyles.org/searchByExample/, but with no success.

Does anyone know if this style has a specific name?

Thanks in advance!

2 Answers 2


That looks to me like a bibtex style, probably alpha. So it's not a formal style (e.g. APA, MLA), it's just a setting for the bibtex package. Overleaf has a full list of the styles.

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    alpha uses the authors' initials and a two digit year as the label, not the first authors name and a four digit year.
    – Maeher
    Mar 17, 2021 at 14:14

Could be the alphadin style, which uses the old DIN 1505

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    According to the link you provided, should it be [QDGBV14] ...?
    – Nobody
    Mar 17, 2021 at 14:57

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