I am writing an IEEE conference paper (IEEE Photonics Society Summer Topicals) and I sometimes see that shortened version of citations are used, without the title of paper. For example, something like

[3] J. Sun, J. Zeng, and N. M. Litchinitser, Opt. Express 21, 2013, 14975- 14981.

[4] M. I. Shalaev, Z. A. Kudyshev, and N. M. Litchinitser, Opt. Lett. 38, 2013, 4288-4291

What is this style of citation called? I would like to use this style of citation in my paper to save space.

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    The IEEE citation style uses titles. There are citation styles that don't include titles, but then they wouldn't be an "IEEE citation." – ff524 Mar 27 '16 at 5:28
  • I see. If IEEE doesn't officially allow for shortened citation styles without titles, would it still be acceptable to follow other citation styles (like the ones in my question) without risking rejection of the paper? It would be good to hear about commonly used short citation styles, especially since I see them being used in a lot of papers I come across. Thanks! – user2510050 Mar 27 '16 at 6:03

The best practice is to follow the IEEE citation style.

Having said that, in a conference paper there is going to be a lot less strict check of the actual format of the references you use and I doubt a paper might get rejected because of that. Worst case, you will be asked to correct them either during the review process or when the proceedings are being compiled by the conference organisers .

For journal articles, these will be formatted by IEEE so you do not have a choice.

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