How to format your references using the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (IJURR). 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
Mathur, N. (2005) The physics detective: Schrödinger’s mousetrap. Part 2. Nature 433.7024, 363.
A journal article with 2 authors
Bintanja, R. and van de Wal, R. S. W. (2008) North American ice-sheet dynamics and the onset of 100,000-year glacial cycles. Nature 454.7206, 869–72.
A journal article with 3 authors
Schweinfest, R., Paxton, A. T. and Finnis, M. W. (2004) Bismuth embrittlement of copper is an atomic size effect. Nature 432.7020, 1008–11.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Villegas, J. E., Savel’ev, S., Nori, F., Gonzalez, E. M., Anguita, J. V., García, R. and Vicent, J. L. (2003) A superconducting reversible rectifier that controls the motion of magnetic flux quanta. Science (New York, N.Y.) 302.5648, 1188–91.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Stavetski, E. J. (2009) Managing Hedge Fund Managers. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Trebše, R. ed. (2012) Infected Total Joint Arthroplasty: The Algorithmic Approach. Springer, London.
A chapter in an edited book
Guck, D., Hatefi, H., Hermanns, H., Katoen, J.-P. and Timmer, M. (2013) Modelling, Reduction and Analysis of Markov Automata. In Joshi, K., M. Siegle, M. Stoelinga and P. R. D’Argenio (eds.), Quantitative Evaluation of Systems: 10th International Conference, QEST 2013, Buenos Aires, Argentina, August 27-30, 2013. Proceedings. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.

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 Urban and Regional Research.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (02/05/2016) When Myth Meets Reality: Fabled Beasts And Real-Life Creatures. IFLScience. IFLScience [WWW document]. URL (accessed 30th October 2018).


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 (2005) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration: Education and Outreach Programs Target Safety and Consumer Issues, but Gaps in Planning and Evaluation Remain, No. GAO-06-103. Washington, DC: 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
Adams, T. A. (2012) Improving Scores on Computerized Reading Assessments: The Effects of Colored Overlay Use, Doctoral dissertation. Northcentral University, Scottsdale, 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
Landler, M. and Alcindor, Y. (2017/18/October) Condolence Call to Widow Ignites Trump Imbroglio. New York Times: A1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Mathur, 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Mathur, 2005; Bintanja and van de Wal, 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Bintanja and van de Wal, 2008)
  • Three or more authors: (Villegas et al., 2003)

About the journal

Full journal titleInternational Journal of Urban and Regional Research
AbbreviationInt. J. Urban Reg. Res.
ISSN (print)0309-1317
ISSN (online)1468-2427
Sociology and Political Science
Urban Studies

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