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
Cohen, J. (2014). Breakdown + Breakdown runners-up. Science (New York, N.Y.), 346(6216), 1450–1451.
A journal article with 2 authors
Kulkarni, R. N., & Kahn, C. R. (2004). Molecular biology. HNFs--linking the liver and pancreatic islets in diabetes. Science (New York, N.Y.), 303(5662), 1311–1312.
A journal article with 3 authors
Wörsdörfer, B., Woycechowsky, K. J., & Hilvert, D. (2011). Directed evolution of a protein container. Science (New York, N.Y.), 331(6017), 589–592.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Lu, J., Zhong, J., Tang, Y., Huang, T., Cao, J., & Kurths, J. (2014). Synchronization in output-coupled temporal Boolean networks. Scientific Reports, 4, 6292.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Henry-Labordère, A. (2009). Virtual Roaming Systems for GSM, GPRS and UMTS. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Pendergast, J. M. (2011). Building a Successful Family Business Board: A Guide for Leaders, Directors, and Families (J. L. Ward & S. B. de Pontet, Eds.). Palgrave Macmillan US.
A chapter in an edited book
Rosenberg, R., Gaul, S., Ford, W., & Tomilova, O. (2013). Microcredit Interest Rates and Their Determinants: 2004–2011. In D. Köhn (Ed.), Microfinance 3.0: Reconciling Sustainability with Social Outreach and Responsible Delivery (pp. 69–104). 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
Taub, B. (2016, July 25). Mystery Of Belgian King’s Blood Finally Solved After 80 Years. 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. (1990). Submarine Technology: Transition Plans Needed to Realize Gains From DOD Advanced Research (IMTEC-90-21). 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
Tucker, T. (2014). Psychoeducational support groups for postadoptive parents: A grant-writing project [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
(nyt), S. K. (2005, January 21). World Briefing | Europe: Russia: Submarine Appeal In European Court. New York Times, A8.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Cohen, 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Cohen, 2014; Kulkarni & Kahn, 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Kulkarni & Kahn, 2004)
  • Three authors: (Wörsdörfer et al., 2011)
  • 6 or more authors: (Lu 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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