How to format your references using the International Journal of Housing Policy citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for International Journal of Housing Policy. 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
Orgel, L. E. (2004). Molecular biology. Retrospective: Francis Crick (1916-2004). Science (New York, N.Y.), 305(5687), 1118.
A journal article with 2 authors
Laurie, B., & Doctorow, C. (2012). Computing: secure the internet. Nature, 491(7424), 325–326.
A journal article with 3 authors
d’Aignaux, J. N., Cousens, S. N., & Smith, P. G. (2001). Predictability of the UK variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease epidemic. Science (New York, N.Y.), 294(5547), 1729–1731.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Adamantidis, A. R., Zhang, F., Aravanis, A. M., Deisseroth, K., & de Lecea, L. (2007). Neural substrates of awakening probed with optogenetic control of hypocretin neurons. Nature, 450(7168), 420–424.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Cheng, V. S., & Tong, J. C. (2017). Building Sustainability in East Asia. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Sellnow, T. L. (2009). Effective Risk Communication: A Message-Centered Approach (R. R. Ulmer, M. W. Seeger, & R. S. Littlefield, Eds.). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Hu, K.-M., Li, Y.-Z., & Guan, X.-M. (2012). Research of the Pipe Flow Measurement and Control System Based on BP Neural Networks PID. In H. Kim (Ed.), Advances in Technology and Management: Proceedings of the 2012 International Conference on Technology and Management (ICTAM 2012), International Convention Center Jeju, Jeju-Island, Korea (pp. 29–35). 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 International Journal of Housing Policy.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2014, March 27). Study Suggests Autism Begins During Pregnancy. 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. (1998). Air Traffic Control: Timely Completion of FAA’s Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System Software Is at Risk (AIMD-98-41R). 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
Hernandez, A. N. (2017). Connecting the Community: A Grant Proposal [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
Billard, M. (2016, November 10). Workout Not Required. New York Times, F3.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Orgel, 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Laurie & Doctorow, 2012; Orgel, 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Laurie & Doctorow, 2012)
  • Three authors: (d’Aignaux et al., 2001)
  • 6 or more authors: (Adamantidis et al., 2007)

About the journal

Full journal titleInternational Journal of Housing Policy
AbbreviationEur. J. Hous. Pol.
ISSN (print)1461-6718
ISSN (online)1473-3269
ScopeManagement, Monitoring, Policy and Law
Geography, Planning and Development

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