How to format your references using the Logistics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Logistics. 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
Bartels-Rausch, T. Chemistry: Ten Things We Need to Know about Ice and Snow. Nature 2013, 494, 27–29.
A journal article with 2 authors
Palmer, M.A.; Febria, C.M. Ecology. The Heartbeat of Ecosystems. Science 2012, 336, 1393–1394.
A journal article with 3 authors
Deal, R.B.; Henikoff, J.G.; Henikoff, S. Genome-Wide Kinetics of Nucleosome Turnover Determined by Metabolic Labeling of Histones. Science 2010, 328, 1161–1164.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Zhang, X.; Zwiers, F.W.; Hegerl, G.C.; Lambert, F.H.; Gillett, N.P.; Solomon, S.; Stott, P.A.; Nozawa, T. Detection of Human Influence on Twentieth-Century Precipitation Trends. Nature 2007, 448, 461–465.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Klugman, S.A.; Panjer, H.H.; Willmot, G.E. Loss Models: Further Topics; Wiley Series in Probability and Statistics; John Wiley & Sons, Inc.: Hoboken, NJ, 2013; ISBN 9781118787106.
An edited book
Algorithmic Number Theory: 8th International Symposium, ANTS-VIII Banff, Canada, May 17-22, 2008 Proceedings; Poorten, A.J. van der, Stein, A., Eds.; Lecture Notes in Computer Science; Springer: Berlin, Heidelberg, 2008; Vol. 5011; ISBN 9783540794554.
A chapter in an edited book
Boisse, P.; Akkerman, R.; Cao, J.; Chen, J.; Lomov, S.; Long, A. Composites Forming. In Advances in Material Forming: Esaform 10 years on; Cueto, E., Ed.; Springer: Paris, 2007; pp. 61–79 ISBN 9782287721427.

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 Logistics.

Blog post
Andrew, E. Are Plastics Making Men Infertile? Available online: (accessed on 30 October 2018).


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 Highway Safety: Interim Report on Safety Belt and Motorcycle Helmet Effectiveness; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 1991;

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Delaney, R.M. A Qualitative Descriptive Case Study Explaining Professional Development in Community Corrections. Doctoral dissertation, University of Phoenix: Phoenix, AZ, 2014.

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
James Barron With Eric Lipton G. S. Bourdain; Crow, K.; Fabricant, F. BOLDFACE NAMES. New York Times 2001, B2.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [1].
This sentence cites two references [1,2].
This sentence cites four references [1–4].

About the journal

Full journal titleLogistics
ISSN (online)2305-6290

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