I'm using MIT thesis template downloaded from here http://web.mit.edu/thesis/tex/

My question is how to change the bibliography style to IEEE style in bibtex? Thanks.

An example in IEEE format:

M. M. Bronstein, J. Bruna, Y. LeCun, A. Szlam, and P. Vandergheynst, “Geometric deep learning: Going beyond Euclidean data,” IEEE Signal Processing Magazine, vol. 34, pp. 18–42, July 2017.

  • The template doesn't work for me out of the box (error: Emergency stop. process all files:}. Could you please add a working MWE. Have you tried to use the (IEEEtran.bst) template
    – Steradiant
    Commented May 28, 2020 at 10:08
  • @vogs: Please comment the following part: \typein [\files]{Enter file names to process, (chap1,chap2 ...), or `all' to %process all files:} %\def\all{all} %\ifx\files\all \typeout{Including all files.} \else \typeout{Including only \files.} \includeonly{\files} \fi
    – Amin
    Commented May 28, 2020 at 10:18
  • I did this, I furthermore had the issue that the references used in the text are not present in the main.bib file. I used the ones which were available, e.g. \cite{phdthesis-full} and it looks good for me.
    – Steradiant
    Commented May 28, 2020 at 11:21
  • @Steradiant: Is the reference in IEEE style?
    – Amin
    Commented May 28, 2020 at 12:20
  • Please provide a picture how you want it to look like
    – Steradiant
    Commented May 28, 2020 at 12:22

2 Answers 2


Use the IEEEtran template. This code



text \cite{article-crossref}



delivers the IEEE style citation.

The main.bib file contains:

  author={M. M. {Bronstein} and J. {Bruna} and Y. {LeCun} and A. {Szlam} and P. {Vandergheynst}},
  journal={IEEE Signal Processing Magazine}, 
  title={Geometric Deep Learning: Going beyond Euclidean data}, 

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  • Actually a few minutes ago, I just resolved the case. However, thanks for your solution.
    – Amin
    Commented May 28, 2020 at 12:55

A new MIT thesis template was released in 2023: https://ctan.org/pkg/mitthesis.

This new latex template can use either biber or bibtex with any available bibliography style, but the default as distributed is biber with the IEEE style.

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