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
Nowlan, W., 2002. Human genetics. A rational view of insurance and genetic discrimination. Science 297, 195–196.
A journal article with 2 authors
Shank, S.S., Margoliash, D., 2009. Sleep and sensorimotor integration during early vocal learning in a songbird. Nature 458, 73–77.
A journal article with 3 authors
Latimer, A.M., Silander, J.A., Jr, Cowling, R.M., 2005. Neutral ecological theory reveals isolation and rapid speciation in a biodiversity hot spot. Science 309, 1722–1725.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Diskin, R., Scheid, J.F., Marcovecchio, P.M., West, A.P., Jr, Klein, F., Gao, H., Gnanapragasam, P.N.P., Abadir, A., Seaman, M.S., Nussenzweig, M.C., Bjorkman, P.J., 2011. Increasing the potency and breadth of an HIV antibody by using structure-based rational design. Science 334, 1289–1293.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Steele, D., 2011. From Therapist to Coach. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Wilson, T.L., 2009. Tools of Radio Astronomy, Astronomy and Astrophysics Library. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Thalmann, D., Musse, S.R., 2007. Virtual Human Animation, in: Musse, S.R. (Ed.), Crowd Simulation. Springer, London, pp. 59–87.

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
Hale, T., 2016. Can You Figure Out How This Viral “Infinite Chocolate” Trick Works? [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, 2007. Aviation Security: Vulnerabilities Exposed Through Covert Testing of TSA’s Passenger Screening Process (No. GAO-08-48T). 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
Wirtz, Y., 2017. Strain Variation between the Monterey and Sisquoc Formations, Southern Santa Maria Basin, California, USA: Implications for Structural Assessment of Fold and Thrust Belts (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
Vlasic, B., 2015. Detroit’s Chief Instigator. New York Times BU1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Nowlan, 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Nowlan, 2002; Shank and Margoliash, 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Shank and Margoliash, 2009)
  • Three or more authors: (Diskin et al., 2011)

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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