How to format your references using the International Journal of Sustainable Built Environment citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for International Journal of Sustainable Built Environment. 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
Cook-Deegan, R., 2012. Patent law. Law and science collide over human gene patents. Science 338, 745–747.
A journal article with 2 authors
Strong, M., Church, G., 2007. Gem of an idea for a unique machine. Nature 447, 112.
A journal article with 3 authors
Marinova, M.M., Aharonson, O., Asphaug, E., 2008. Mega-impact formation of the Mars hemispheric dichotomy. Nature 453, 1216–1219.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Gavin, A.L., Hoebe, K., Duong, B., Ota, T., Martin, C., Beutler, B., Nemazee, D., 2006. Adjuvant-enhanced antibody responses in the absence of toll-like receptor signaling. Science 314, 1936–1938.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Eggleston, B., 2008. The ICE Conditions of Contract: Seventh Edition. Blackwell Science Ltd, Oxford, UK.
An edited book
Kohl, H., 2008. Transmission Electron Microscopy: Physics of Image Formation, Springer Series in Optical Sciences. Springer, New York, NY.
A chapter in an edited book
Chuiko, O.O., Gorbyk, P.P., Pogorelyi, V.K., Pentyuk, A.A., Gerashchenko, I.I., Il’chenko, A.V., Shtat’ko, E.I., Lutsyuk, N.B., Vil’tsanyuk, A.A., Verbilovsky, Y.P., Kutel’makh, O.I., 2010. Application Efficiency of Complex Preparations Based on Nanodisperse Silica in Medical Practice, in: Shpak, A.P., Gorbyk, Petr Petrovych (Eds.), Nanomaterials and Supramolecular Structures: Physics, Chemistry, and Applications. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, pp. 53–62.

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 Sustainable Built Environment.

Blog post
Andrew, E., 2016. A Guide To Using Drones To Study Wildlife: First, Do No Harm [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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. Year 2000 Computing Crisis: Telecommunications Readiness Critical, Yet Overall Status Largely Unknown (No. T-AIMD-98-212). U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Baker, T.N., 2017. The Impact of Undergraduate Research Participation on Research Self-Efficacy (Doctoral dissertation). Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL.

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
Cordes, K., 2015. Mountaineering’s Greatest Climb Unravels. New York Times SR5.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Cook-Deegan, 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Cook-Deegan, 2012; Strong and Church, 2007).

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

  • Two authors: (Strong and Church, 2007)
  • Three or more authors: (Gavin et al., 2006)

About the journal

Full journal titleInternational Journal of Sustainable Built Environment
AbbreviationInt. J. Sustain. Built Environ.
ISSN (print)2212-6090
ScopeRenewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
Ecological Modelling
Environmental Engineering
Urban Studies

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