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
Schon, G. (2000). Superconducting nanowires. Nature, 404(6781), 948–949.
A journal article with 2 authors
Scully, R., & Livingston, D. M. (2000). In search of the tumour-suppressor functions of BRCA1 and BRCA2. Nature, 408(6811), 429–432.
A journal article with 3 authors
McCord, T. B., Hansen, G. B., & Hibbitts, C. A. (2001). Hydrated salt minerals on Ganymede’s surface: evidence of an ocean below. Science (New York, N.Y.), 292(5521), 1523–1525.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Caro, G., Bourdon, B., Birck, J.-L., & Moorbath, S. (2003). 146Sm-142Nd evidence from Isua metamorphosed sediments for early differentiation of the Earth’s mantle. Nature, 423(6938), 428–432.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Institute of Management and Administration (IOMA). (2012). Cost Reduction and Control Best Practices. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Lasaponara, R., Masini, N., & Orefici, G. (Eds.). (2016). The Ancient Nasca World: New Insights from Science and Archaeology. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Cowpertwait, P. S. P., & Metcalfe, A. V. (2009). Basic Stochastic Models. In P. S. P. Cowpertwait (Ed.), Introductory Time Series with R (pp. 67–89). New York, NY: 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 Housing Policy Debate.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015, August 5). Massive New Study Suggests The Pill Has Prevented 200,000 Cases of Womb Cancer. Retrieved October 30, 2018, from


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. (1990). Aviation Safety: FAA Is Considering Changes to Aviation Medical Standards (No. RCED-90-68FS). 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
Frias-Martinez, V. (2008). Behavior-based admission and access control for network security (Doctoral dissertation). Columbia University, New York, NY.

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
Witz, B. (2017, March 15). A Button-Down Game Gets a Needed Pinch of Pizazz. New York Times, p. B18.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Schon, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Schon, 2000; Scully & Livingston, 2000).

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

  • Two authors: (Scully & Livingston, 2000)
  • Three authors: (McCord, Hansen, & Hibbitts, 2001)
  • 6 or more authors: (Caro, Bourdon, Birck, & Moorbath, 2003)

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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