How to format your references using the Housing Policy Debate citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Housing Policy Debate. 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
Ganem, D. (2001). Virology. The X files--one step closer to closure. Science (New York, N.Y.), 294(5550), 2299–2300.
A journal article with 2 authors
Cook-Andersen, H., & Wilkinson, M. F. (2015). Molecular biology: Splicing does the two-step. Nature, 521(7552), 300–301.
A journal article with 3 authors
Wallace, K., Hardy, G., & Serabyn, E. (2000). Deep and stable interferometric nulling of broadband light with implications for observing planets around nearby stars. Nature, 406(6797), 700–702.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Tang, C., Toomajian, C., Sherman-Broyles, S., Plagnol, V., Guo, Y.-L., Hu, T. T., Clark, R. M., Nasrallah, J. B., Weigel, D., & Nordborg, M. (2007). The evolution of selfing in Arabidopsis thaliana. Science (New York, N.Y.), 317(5841), 1070–1072.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Focardi, S. M., Fabozzi, F. J., & Bali, T. G. (2013). Mathematical Methods for Finance. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Yuan, X.-Z. (2010). Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy in PEM Fuel Cells: Fundamentals and Applications (C. Song, H. Wang, & J. Zhang, Eds.). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Rezaizadeh, H., & Olson, E. (2016). General GI Motility Disorders. In G. Y. Wu (Ed.), Pocket Handbook of GI Pharmacotherapeutics (pp. 31–44). Springer International Publishing.

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 Housing Policy Debate.

Blog post
Evans, K. (2017, May 10). Contrary To Popular Belief, Smiling Makes You Look Older. IFLScience; IFLScience.


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. (2010). Highway Trust Fund: Nearly All States Received More Funding Than They Contributed in Highway Taxes Since 2005 (GAO-10-780). 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
McDougal, S. (2013). Military Town: Part One [Doctoral dissertation]. California State University, Long Beach.

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
Walsh, M. W. (2017, February 16). Insurer Overbilled Medicare, Suit Says. New York Times, B1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Ganem, 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Cook-Andersen & Wilkinson, 2015; Ganem, 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Cook-Andersen & Wilkinson, 2015)
  • Three authors: (Wallace et al., 2000)
  • 6 or more authors: (Tang et al., 2007)

About the journal

Full journal titleHousing Policy Debate
AbbreviationHous. Policy Debate
ISSN (print)1051-1482
ISSN (online)2152-050X
ScopeManagement, Monitoring, Policy and Law
Urban Studies

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