How to format your references using the Research in Transportation Economics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Research in Transportation Economics. 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
Berry, M. (2000). Making waves in physics. Three wave singularities from the miraculous 1830s. Nature, 403(6765), 21.
A journal article with 2 authors
Le Goff, L., & Lecuit, T. (2009). Developmental biology. Phase transition in a cell. Science (New York, N.Y.), 324(5935), 1654–1655.
A journal article with 3 authors
Ganem, N. J., Godinho, S. A., & Pellman, D. (2009). A mechanism linking extra centrosomes to chromosomal instability. Nature, 460(7252), 278–282.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Robertson, W. H., Diken, E. G., Price, E. A., Shin, J.-W., & Johnson, M. A. (2003). Spectroscopic determination of the OH- solvation shell in the OH-.(H2O)n clusters. Science (New York, N.Y.), 299(5611), 1367–1372.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kodama, K. P., & Hinnov, L. A. (2014). Rock Magnetic Cyclostratigraphy. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Alsmeyer, G., & Löwe, M. (Eds.). (2013). Random Matrices and Iterated Random Functions: Münster, October 2011 (Vol. 53). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Takala, T. M., Hämäläinen, P., Matveinen, M., Simonen, T., & Takatalo, J. (2015). Enhancing Spatial Perception and User Experience in Video Games with Volumetric Shadows. In T. Wyeld, P. Calder, & H. Shen (Eds.), Computer-Human Interaction. Cognitive Effects of Spatial Interaction, Learning, and Ability: 25th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference, OzCHI 2013, Adelaide, SA, Australia, November 25-29, 2013. Revised and Extended Papers (pp. 91–113). Springer International Publishing.

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 Research in Transportation Economics.

Blog post
Andrew, D. (2017, March 9). Exercise Changes The Way Our Bodies Work At A Molecular Level. IFLScience; IFLScience.


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. (1999). Space Station: Cost to Operate After Assembly is Uncertain (NSIAD-99-177). 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
Dorsey, V. (2015). Impact of a family council intervention on owner knowledge and stewardship within a family business [Doctoral dissertation]. Pepperdine University.

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
McKINLEY, J. C., Jr. (2017, February 23). Top Judge Goes Where Flaws Are Acute to Address State of Courts. New York Times, A20.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Berry, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Berry, 2000; Le Goff & Lecuit, 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Le Goff & Lecuit, 2009)
  • Three authors: (Ganem et al., 2009)
  • 6 or more authors: (Robertson et al., 2003)

About the journal

Full journal titleResearch in Transportation Economics
AbbreviationRes. Transp. Econ.
ISSN (print)0739-8859
ScopeEconomics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)

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