How to format your references using the Journal of Property Research citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Property Research. 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
Powell, K. (2004). Stars in the making. Nature, 429(6993), 786–787.
A journal article with 2 authors
Weaver, P., & Johnson, D. (2012). Biodiversity: Think big for marine conservation. Nature, 483(7390), 399.
A journal article with 3 authors
Wiedenheft, B., Sternberg, S. H., & Doudna, J. A. (2012). RNA-guided genetic silencing systems in bacteria and archaea. Nature, 482(7385), 331–338.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Bergeron, D. E., Castleman, A. W., Jr, Morisato, T., & Khanna, S. N. (2004). Formation of Al13I-: evidence for the superhalogen character of Al13. Science (New York, N.Y.), 304(5667), 84–87.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Misstear, B., Banks, D., & Clark, L. (2006). Water Wells and Boreholes. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Werlen, B. (Ed.). (2015). Global Sustainability: Cultural Perspectives and Challenges for Transdisciplinary Integrated Research. Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Hay, L. L., Peng, C. E., Suyan, T., & Juxin, L. (2009). Application of Evolutionary Algorithms for Solving Multi-Objective Simulation Optimization Problems. In C.-K. Goh, Y.-S. Ong, & K. C. Tan (Eds.), Multi-Objective Memetic Algorithms (pp. 91–110). 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 Property Research.

Blog post
Davis, J. (2015, June 18). More Species of Bee Need Protection, Say Researchers. 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. (2013). Transportation Worker Identification Credential: Card Reader Pilot Results Are Unreliable; Security Benefits Should Be Reassessed (GAO-13-610T). 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
Boyle, L. L. (2014). Relationship between managerial responsiveness, managerial approachability, and prosocial voice among acute-care registered nurses [Doctoral dissertation]. University of Phoenix.

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
Paulson, M. (2017, May 29). Hello? Dolly? Bette Midler Might Not Sing at Tonys. New York Times, C1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Powell, 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Powell, 2004; Weaver & Johnson, 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Weaver & Johnson, 2012)
  • Three authors: (Wiedenheft et al., 2012)
  • 6 or more authors: (Bergeron et al., 2004)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Property Research
AbbreviationJ. Prop. Res.
ISSN (print)0959-9916
ISSN (online)1466-4453
ScopeGeography, Planning and Development
Urban Studies

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