How to format your references using the Journal of Land Use Science citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Land Use Science. 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
Mesot, J. (2006). Applied physics. The neutron spin-echo technique at full strength. Science (New York, N.Y.), 312(5782), 1888–1889.
A journal article with 2 authors
Prawer, S., & Greentree, A. D. (2008). Applied physics. Diamond for quantum computing. Science (New York, N.Y.), 320(5883), 1601–1602.
A journal article with 3 authors
Selje, N., Simon, M., & Brinkhoff, T. (2004). A newly discovered Roseobacter cluster in temperate and polar oceans. Nature, 427(6973), 445–448.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Sun, J., Yang, D., Sun, C., Liu, L., Yang, S., Alec Jia, Y., Cai, R., & Yao, X. (2014). Potassium niobate nanolamina: a promising adsorbent for entrapment of radioactive cations from water. Scientific Reports, 4, 7313.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Center for Chemical Process Safety. (2003). Guidelines for Investigating Chemical Process Incidents. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Lawless, C. E. (Ed.). (2011). Sports Cardiology Essentials: Evaluation, Management and Case Studies. Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Zhao, F.-J., Zang, C., & Luo, C. B. (2013). Standard System and Legal Protection of Food Security of Agricultural Special Products. In Z. Zhong (Ed.), Proceedings of the International Conference on Information Engineering and Applications (IEA) 2012: Volume 5 (pp. 23–28). 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 Journal of Land Use Science.

Blog post
Fang, J. (2015, January 8). First New Antibiotic In 30 Years Could Prove Crucial In Fight Against Superbugs. 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. (1977). Issues Raised concerning the Report, “The National School Lunch Program: Is It Working?” (PAD-78-43). 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
Yu, W. (2012). Impacts of storms and sea-level rise on coastal evolution between two capes: Onslow Bay, North Carolina [Doctoral dissertation]. University of North Carolina.

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
Vecsey, G. (2010, February 12). A Cinderella Emerged, Then Quickly Lost Its Way. New York Times, B11.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Mesot, 2006).
This sentence cites two references (Mesot, 2006; Prawer & Greentree, 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Prawer & Greentree, 2008)
  • Three authors: (Selje et al., 2004)
  • 6 or more authors: (Sun et al., 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Land Use Science
AbbreviationJ. Land Use Sci.
ISSN (print)1747-423X
ISSN (online)1747-4248
ScopeEarth-Surface Processes
Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
Geography, Planning and Development

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