How to format your references using the Planning Practice & Research citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Planning Practice & Research (PPR). 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
Kong, X. (2014) China must protect high-quality arable land, Nature, 506(7486), 7.
A journal article with 2 authors
Chapman, A., & Wyndham, J. (2013) Human rights. A human right to science, Science (New York, N.Y.), 340(6138), 1291.
A journal article with 3 authors
Alexander, J. M., Diez, J. M., & Levine, J. M. (2015) Novel competitors shape species’ responses to climate change, Nature, 525(7570), 515–518.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Albert, I., Mavrich, T. N., Tomsho, L. P., Qi, J., Zanton, S. J., Schuster, S. C., & Pugh, B. F. (2007) Translational and rotational settings of H2A.Z nucleosomes across the Saccharomyces cerevisiae genome, Nature, 446(7135), 572–576.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Davies, G. (2005) Designing and Developing Scalable IP Networks (Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd).
An edited book
Schwetje, G. (2007) The Business Plan: How to Win Your Investors’ Confidence (S. Vaseghi, Ed) (Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer).
A chapter in an edited book
Dutykh, D., & Dias, F. (2007) Water waves generated by a moving bottom, in: A. Kundu (Ed), Tsunami and Nonlinear Waves, pp. 65–95 (Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer).

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 Planning Practice & Research.

Blog post
Andrew, D. (2016, June 12) This Largely Unknown Condition Puts One Million People In The Hospital Each Year,. Available at (accessed 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 (1991) Social Security: Restoration of Telephone Access to Local SSA Offices (No. HRD-91-76FS) Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Spowart, S. A. (2014) Long-Term Mindfulness Meditation: Anxiety, Depression, Stress and Pain, Is There A Connection For Public Health? (Doctoral dissertation) University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.

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
Vecsey, G. (2010, December 10) One Bowl That Counts And 34 Others, New York Times, p. B9.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Kong, 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Chapman & Wyndham, 2013; Kong, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Chapman & Wyndham, 2013)
  • Three authors: (Alexander, Diez, & Levine, 2015)
  • 6 or more authors: (Albert et al., 2007)

About the journal

Full journal titlePlanning Practice & Research
AbbreviationPlan. Pr. Res.
ISSN (print)0269-7459
ISSN (online)1360-0583
ScopeGeography, Planning and Development

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