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
Wood, W.B., 2009. Science education. Revising the AP biology curriculum. Science 325, 1627–1628.
A journal article with 2 authors
Martin, T., Luo, Z.-X., 2005. PALEONTOLOGY: Homoplasy in the Mammalian Ear. Science 307, 861–862.
A journal article with 3 authors
Jeong, H., Chang, A.M., Melloch, M.R., 2001. The Kondo effect in an artificial quantum dot molecule. Science 293, 2221–2223.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Ahn, S., Seo, E., Kim, K., Lee, S.J., 2013. Controlled cellular uptake and drug efficacy of nanotherapeutics. Sci. Rep. 3, 1997.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Dubin, D., 2005. Numerical and Analytical Methods for Scientists and Engineers, Using Mathematica. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Kämpf, J., 2016. Upwelling Systems of the World: A Scientific Journey to the Most Productive Marine Ecosystems. Springer International Publishing, Cham.
A chapter in an edited book
Takada, T., Nakamura, M., Yamana, K., 2016. DNA-Assisted Multichromophore Assembly, in: Nakatani, K., Tor, Y. (Eds.), Modified Nucleic Acids, Nucleic Acids and Molecular Biology. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 101–121.

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. When Should You Take Antibiotics? [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, 2008. Highway Bridge Program: Clearer Goals and Performance Measures Needed for a More Focused and Sustainable Program (No. GAO-08-1043). 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
Hoefer, P.D., 2010. A David against Goliath: The American veterans committee’s challenge to the American legion in the 1950s (Doctoral dissertation). University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, MD.

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
Shear, M.D., Landler, M., 2017. U.S. Withholding Its Endorsement on Climate Pact. New York Times A1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Wood, 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Martin and Luo, 2005; Wood, 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Martin and Luo, 2005)
  • Three or more authors: (Ahn et al., 2013)

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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