How to format your references using the Land Use Policy citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Land Use Policy. 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
Mayer, G., 2005. Rigid biological systems as models for synthetic composites. Science 310, 1144–1147.
A journal article with 2 authors
Cooper, A., Stringer, C.B., 2013. Paleontology. Did the Denisovans cross Wallace’s Line? Science 342, 321–323.
A journal article with 3 authors
Thompson, R.J., Zhou, N., MacVicar, B.A., 2006. Ischemia opens neuronal gap junction hemichannels. Science 312, 924–927.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Wang, H., Chroneos, A., Londos, C.A., Sgourou, E.N., Schwingenschlögl, U., 2014. Carbon related defects in irradiated silicon revisited. Sci. Rep. 4, 4909.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bottjer, D.J., 2016. Paleoecology. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.
An edited book
Ciccarelli, F.D., Miklós, I. (Eds.), 2009. Comparative Genomics: International Workshop, RECOMB-CG 2009, Budapest, Hungary, September 27-29, 2009. Proceedings, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Baghdasaryan, G., Mikilyan, M., 2016. Natural Vibrations of Conducting Shells in a Stationary Magnetic Field, in: Mikilyan, M. (Ed.), Effects of Magnetoelastic Interactions in Conductive Plates and Shells, Foundations of Engineering Mechanics. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 109–130.

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 Land Use Policy.

Blog post
Andrew, E., 2015. 2014, The Year That Was: Science + Technology [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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, 1996. Space Station: Cost Control Difficulties Continue (No. T-NSIAD-96-210). U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Bavkar, I.N., 2017. In-Node Vehicle Classification and Identification (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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
Kanter, J., 2017. Google Yields To Regulators In Eurozone. New York Times B1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Mayer, 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Cooper and Stringer, 2013; Mayer, 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Cooper and Stringer, 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Wang et al., 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleLand Use Policy
AbbreviationLand use policy
ISSN (print)0264-8377
Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
Nature and Landscape Conservation
Geography, Planning and Development

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