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
Coleman, P. (2007). Physics. Watching electrons break up. Science (New York, N.Y.), 316(5829), 1290–1291.
A journal article with 2 authors
Cunningham, E. J., & Russell, A. F. (2000). Egg investment is influenced by male attractiveness in the mallard. Nature, 404(6773), 74–77.
A journal article with 3 authors
Ahn, C. H., Triscone, J.-M., & Mannhart, J. (2003). Electric field effect in correlated oxide systems. Nature, 424(6952), 1015–1018.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Sremcević, M., Schmidt, J., Salo, H., Seiss, M., Spahn, F., & Albers, N. (2007). A belt of moonlets in Saturn’s A ring. Nature, 449(7165), 1019–1021.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Warren, A. (2013). Dunes. Oxford: John Wiley & Sons.
An edited book
Ruiz-Amaya, J. (2011). Device-Level Modeling and Synthesis of High-Performance Pipeline ADCs (M. Delgado-Restituto & Á. Rodríguez-Vázquez, Eds.). New York, NY: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Fahy, B., & Vadillo, V. W. (2016). From Magellan to Urdaneta: The Early Spanish Exploration of the Pacific and the Establishment of the Manila Acapulco Galleon Trade. In C. Wu (Ed.), Early Navigation in the Asia-Pacific Region: A Maritime Archaeological Perspective (pp. 75–89). Singapore: 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
Hale, T. (2015, November 3). Watch What Happens When You Blow A Bubble In The Winter In Calgary.


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. (1994). Aviation Security (No. RCED-94-307R). 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
Tapal, S. S. (2012). Is the fourth generation of Six Sigma an effective professional development model in K-12 education? (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
Kelly, C. (2007, September 16). Crime Lab Gets a Shot in the Arm. New York Times, p. 14WE7.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Coleman, 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Coleman, 2007; Cunningham & Russell, 2000).

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

  • Two authors: (Cunningham & Russell, 2000)
  • Three authors: (Ahn, Triscone, & Mannhart, 2003)
  • 6 or more authors: (Sremcević et al., 2007)

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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