How to format your references using the Cities citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Cities. For a complete guide how to prepare your manuscript refer to the journal's instructions to authors.

Using reference management software

Typically you don't format your citations and bibliography by hand. The easiest way is to use a reference manager:

PaperpileThe citation style is built in and you can choose it in Settings > Citation Style or Paperpile > Citation Style in Google Docs.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
Mendeley, Zotero, Papers, and othersThe style is either built in or you can download a CSL file that is supported by most references management programs.
BibTeXBibTeX syles are usually part of a LaTeX template. Check the instructions to authors if the publisher offers a LaTeX template for this journal.

Journal articles

Those examples are references to articles in scholarly journals and how they are supposed to appear in your bibliography.

Not all journals organize their published articles in volumes and issues, so these fields are optional. Some electronic journals do not provide a page range, but instead list an article identifier. In a case like this it's safe to use the article identifier instead of the page range.

A journal article with 1 author
Kemp, M. (2003). The Mona Lisa of modern science. Nature, 421(6921), 416–420.
A journal article with 2 authors
Laurie, B., & Doctorow, C. (2012). Computing: secure the internet. Nature, 491(7424), 325–326.
A journal article with 3 authors
Holmberg, V. C., Panthani, M. G., & Korgel, B. A. (2009). Phase transitions, melting dynamics, and solid-state diffusion in a nano test tube. Science (New York, N.Y.), 326(5951), 405–407.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Agrawal, A., Lingappa, J., Leppla, S. H., Agrawal, S., Jabbar, A., Quinn, C., & Pulendran, B. (2003). Impairment of dendritic cells and adaptive immunity by anthrax lethal toxin. Nature, 424(6946), 329–334.

Books and book chapters

Here are examples of references for authored and edited books as well as book chapters.

An authored book
Chevallier, J., & Ielpo, F. (2013). The Economics of Commodity Markets. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
An edited book
Wiedijk, F. (Ed.). (2006). The Seventeen Provers of the World: Foreword by Dana S. Scott. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Chen, Y., & Atwood, M. E. (2007). Context-Centered Design: Bridging the Gap Between Understanding and Designing. In J. A. Jacko (Ed.), Human-Computer Interaction. Interaction Design and Usability: 12th International Conference, HCI International 2007, Beijing, China, July 22-27, 2007, Proceedings, Part I (pp. 40–48). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.

Web sites

Sometimes references to web sites should appear directly in the text rather than in the bibliography. Refer to the Instructions to authors for Cities.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015, September 10). New Species Of Human Discovered In South Africa. Retrieved October 30, 2018, from IFLScience website:


This example shows the general structure used for government reports, technical reports, and scientific reports. If you can't locate the report number then it might be better to cite the report as a book. For reports it is usually not individual people that are credited as authors, but a governmental department or agency like "U. S. Food and Drug Administration" or "National Cancer Institute".

Government report
Government Accountability Office. (1994). NASA Property: Poor Lending Practices and Controls at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (No. NSIAD-94-116). Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Zehnder, D. W. (2003). Host-[2]Rotaxane: A Novel Molecular Machine (Doctoral dissertation). University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.

News paper articles

Unlike scholarly journals, news papers do not usually have a volume and issue number. Instead, the full date and page number is required for a correct reference.

New York Times article
Belson, K., Medina, J., & Pérez-Peña, R. (2017, October 2). Sniper Inflicts ‘Total Chaos’ in Las Vegas; Police Seek a Motive as Death Toll Hits 59. New York Times, p. A1.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Kemp, 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Kemp, 2003; Laurie & Doctorow, 2012).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Laurie & Doctorow, 2012)
  • Three authors: (Holmberg, Panthani, & Korgel, 2009)
  • 6 or more authors: (Agrawal et al., 2003)

About the journal

Full journal titleCities
ISSN (print)0264-2751
ScopeTourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
Sociology and Political Science
Urban Studies

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