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
Stockwell, B. R. (2004). Exploring biology with small organic molecules. Nature, 432(7019), 846–854.
A journal article with 2 authors
Atran, S., & Ginges, J. (2012). Religious and sacred imperatives in human conflict. Science (New York, N.Y.), 336(6083), 855–857.
A journal article with 3 authors
Shapiro, J. H., Venkatraman, D., & Wong, F. N. C. (2013). Ghost imaging without discord. Scientific Reports, 3, 1849.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Banu, N., Chia, A., Ho, Z. Z., Garcia, A. T., Paravasivam, K., Grotenbreg, G. M., Bertoletti, A., & Gehring, A. J. (2014). Building and optimizing a virus-specific T cell receptor library for targeted immunotherapy in viral infections. Scientific Reports, 4, 4166.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Barnes, E. (2012). Atlas of Developmental Field Anomalies of the Human Skeleton. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Wheeler, D. S., Wong, H. R., & Shanley, T. P. (Eds.). (2014). Pediatric Critical Care Medicine: Volume 1: Care of the Critically Ill or Injured Child (2nd ed. 2014). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Li, Z. (2011). The Application of the Pseudo Random Bit Index Sequence in the Image Encryption Algorithm. In D. Jin & S. Lin (Eds.), Advances in Computer Science, Intelligent System and Environment (pp. 19–24). 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
Hale, T. (2017, February 27). Watch This Stunning Animation About The Hubble Telescope And The Universe. 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. (2009). Technology Transfer: Clearer Priorities and Greater Use of Innovative Approaches Could Increase the Effectiveness of Technology Transfer at Department of Energy Laboratories (GAO-09-548). 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
Huff, J. A. (2010). Interactions of glyphosate and dicamba in controlling key weed species [Doctoral dissertation]. Mississippi State University.

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
Vecsey, G. (2009, October 22). Sympathy for the Umpires. New York Times, B17.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Stockwell, 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Atran & Ginges, 2012; Stockwell, 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Atran & Ginges, 2012)
  • Three authors: (Shapiro et al., 2013)
  • 6 or more authors: (Banu et al., 2014)

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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