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
Lewis, R., 2007. Genes versus cancer. Nature 446, 826–827.
A journal article with 2 authors
He, X.-L., Garcia, K.C., 2004. Structure of nerve growth factor complexed with the shared neurotrophin receptor p75. Science 304, 870–875.
A journal article with 3 authors
DasGupta, S., Ferreira, C.H., Miesenböck, G., 2014. FoxP influences the speed and accuracy of a perceptual decision in Drosophila. Science 344, 901–904.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Fraidenraich, D., Stillwell, E., Romero, E., Wilkes, D., Manova, K., Basson, C.T., Benezra, R., 2004. Rescue of cardiac defects in id knockout embryos by injection of embryonic stem cells. Science 306, 247–252.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kay, R., 2014. Statistical Thinking for Non-Statisticians in Drug Regulation. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Oxford.
An edited book
Levine, M., 2007. Algebraic Cobordism, Springer Monographs in Mathematics. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Manton, K.G., Akushevich, I., Kravchenko, J., 2009. Standard and Innovative Statistical Methods for Empirically Analyzing Cancer Morbidity and Mortality, in: Akushevich, I., Kravchenko, J. (Eds.), Cancer Mortality and Morbidity Patterns in the U.S. Population: An Interdisciplinary Approach, Statistics for Biology and Health. Springer, New York, NY, pp. 151–189.

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
Davis, J., 2015. Anti-Vaxxers Fund Study That Finds Zero Link Between Vaccinations And Autism [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, 2001. Federal Research and Development: Contributions to and Results of the Small Business Technology Transfer Program (No. GAO-01-867T). 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
Nuno, Z.S., 2012. Visible and mid-infrared optical studies of plasmon and phonon resonant nanoparticles using apertureless near-field scanning optical microscopy (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
(nyt), S.K., 2002. World Briefing | Europe: Estonia: New Prime Minister. New York Times A7.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Lewis, 2007).
This sentence cites two references (He and Garcia, 2004; Lewis, 2007).

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

  • Two authors: (He and Garcia, 2004)
  • Three or more authors: (Fraidenraich et al., 2004)

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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