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
McCave, I. N. (2002). Paleoclimate. A poisoned chalice? Science (New York, N.Y.), 298(5596), 1186–1187.
A journal article with 2 authors
Khosla, C., & Harbury, P. B. (2001). Modular enzymes. Nature, 409(6817), 247–252.
A journal article with 3 authors
Rey, P. F., Coltice, N., & Flament, N. (2014). Spreading continents kick-started plate tectonics. Nature, 513(7518), 405–408.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Skotheim, J. M., Di Talia, S., Siggia, E. D., & Cross, F. R. (2008). Positive feedback of G1 cyclins ensures coherent cell cycle entry. Nature, 454(7202), 291–296.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Anderson, J. B. (2017). Bandwidth Efficient Coding. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Youssef, A. A. (2010). Nanometer CMOS RFICs for Mobile TV Applications (J. Haslett, Ed.). Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Frederick, C. D. (2007). Chinampa Cultivation in the Basin of Mexico. In T. L. Thurston & C. T. Fisher (Eds.), Seeking a Richer Harvest: The Archaeology of Subsistence Intensification, Innovation, and Change (pp. 107–124). Springer US.

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
Andrew, E. (2015, October 22). Probiotic Bacteria May Help Reduce Anxiety And Boost Memory Performance. 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. (2015). Air Travel and Communicable Diseases: Comprehensive Federal Plan Needed for U.S. Aviation System’s Preparedness (GAO-16-127). 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
Wenger, M. C. (2011). Free-choice family learning experiences at informal astronomy observing events [Doctoral dissertation]. University of Arizona.

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, L. C. C. (1981, December 5). PEARL HARBOR’S INFAMY, MY FATHER’S FAME. New York Times, 125.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (McCave, 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Khosla & Harbury, 2001; McCave, 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Khosla & Harbury, 2001)
  • Three authors: (Rey et al., 2014)
  • 6 or more authors: (Skotheim et al., 2008)

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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