Reference Guidelines

Reference guidelines

  • Use “Clause” before the clause number only if the clause number is a top-level clause. Otherwise just use the subclause number.
    • Example:
      • reference “Clause 12 of IEEE Std 802.1Q-2018”;
  • For references that are not a top-level clause, do not use the word “Clause or sub-clause”
    • Example:
      • reference “12.13.2.1 of IEEE Std 802.1Q-2018”;
  • When there are multiple sub-clauses in the same document separate them by commas (or the word “and”) then identify the standard.
    • Examples:
      • reference “12.13.2.1, 12.13.2.2 of IEEE Std 802.1Q-2018”;
      • reference “12.13.2.1 and 12.13.2.2 of IEEE Std 802.1Q-2018”;
  • Limit the number of referenced clause/sub-clauses to no more than two per reference statement.
  • Don’t use ranges (12.13.2.1 through 12.13.2.3), ranges are discouraged by the IEEE Style Manual.
  • References when there are multiple standards in the statement.  Separate references by new line.
    • Example:
      • reference “12.13.2.1 of IEEE Std 802.1Q-2018;” +
                           “Clause 10 of IEEE Std 802.1ABcu-2021″;
  • For references to Tables or Figures, use the word Table or Figure along with the table or figure number.
    • Example:
      • reference “Table 6-1 of IEEE Std 802.1Q-2018”;
      • reference “Figure 28-6 of IEEE Std 802.1Q-2018”;
  • For references to list items
    • Example:
      • reference “Item b) in 12.10.1.1.3 of IEEE Std 802.1Q-2021”
  • ‘For tables and figures treat them as nouns so ensure Table or Figure is capitalized.
  • Editor’s discretion on above guidelines is allowed but may be commented on during a ballot cycle.
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