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
Schnitzer, M.J., 2010. Journal club. A neuroscientist learns about algorithms for motor learning. Nature 463, 273.
A journal article with 2 authors
Foulger, G.R., Natland, J.H., 2003. Geology. Is “hotspot” volcanism a consequence of plate tectonics? Science 300, 921–922.
A journal article with 3 authors
Akhtar, A., Zink, D., Becker, P.B., 2000. Chromodomains are protein-RNA interaction modules. Nature 407, 405–409.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Kopp, A., Duncan, I., Godt, D., Carroll, S.B., 2000. Genetic control and evolution of sexually dimorphic characters in Drosophila. Nature 408, 553–559.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Graham, L., 2010. Complying with Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Hüllermeier, E., Link, S., Fober, T., Seeger, B. (Eds.), 2012. Scalable Uncertainty Management: 6th International Conference, SUM 2012, Marburg, Germany, September 17-19, 2012. Proceedings, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Ma, H.-T., Beaven, M.A., 2011. Regulators of Ca2+ Signaling in Mast Cells: Potential Targets for Treatment of Mast Cell-Related Diseases?, in: Gilfillan, A.M., Metcalfe, D.D. (Eds.), Mast Cell Biology: Contemporary and Emerging Topics, Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology. Springer US, Boston, MA, pp. 62–90.

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
Hale, T., 2016. Three New Species Of Tiny Salamander Found (And They’re Already Endangered) [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, 2006. Child Care and Early Childhood Education: More Information Sharing and Program Review by HHS Could Enhance Access for Families with Limited English Proficiency (Vietnamese Version) (No. GAO-06-952). 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
Keohane, M.F., 2010. Virtual team communication: Perceptions and experiences influencing the use of videoconferencing technology (Doctoral dissertation). University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ.

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
Blecher, G., 2015. Berra’s Values Shape Museum’s Mission. New York Times NJ10.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Schnitzer, 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Foulger and Natland, 2003; Schnitzer, 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Foulger and Natland, 2003)
  • Three or more authors: (Kopp et al., 2000)

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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