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
Johns, A. (2001). The birth of scientific reading. Nature, 409(6818), 287.
A journal article with 2 authors
Hanson, R., & Awschalom, D. D. (2008). Coherent manipulation of single spins in semiconductors. Nature, 453(7198), 1043–1049.
A journal article with 3 authors
Nahm, H.-H., Park, C. H., & Kim, Y.-S. (2014). Bistability of hydrogen in ZnO: origin of doping limit and persistent photoconductivity. Scientific Reports, 4, 4124.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Li, J., Van Vliet, K. J., Zhu, T., Yip, S., & Suresh, S. (2002). Atomistic mechanisms governing elastic limit and incipient plasticity in crystals. Nature, 418(6895), 307–310.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
AIChE Equipment Testing Procedure. (1987). Tray Distillation Columns. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
D’Atri, A. (2008). Interdisciplinary Aspects of Information Systems Studies: The Italian Association for Information Systems (M. D. Marco & N. Casalino, Eds.). Physica-Verlag HD.
A chapter in an edited book
Zhang, J. Y., & Ohsaki, M. (2015). Stability. In M. Ohsaki (Ed.), Tensegrity Structures: Form, Stability, and Symmetry (pp. 97–135). Springer Japan.

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
Carpineti, A. (2016, December 1). Gravitational Wave Observatories Ready To Start Hunting Again After Upgrade. 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. (1995). Education and Employment Issue Area: Active Assignments (AA-95-17(4)). 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
Diaz, D. (2015). A discrete hollow—Los Angeles [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
Chira, S. (2013, December 15). Strange Moors. New York Times, BR14.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Johns, 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Hanson & Awschalom, 2008; Johns, 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Hanson & Awschalom, 2008)
  • Three authors: (Nahm et al., 2014)
  • 6 or more authors: (Li et al., 2002)

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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