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
Coscia, M. (2014). Average is boring: how similarity kills a meme’s success. Scientific Reports, 4, 6477.
A journal article with 2 authors
Hawker, C. J., & Wooley, K. L. (2005). The convergence of synthetic organic and polymer chemistries. Science (New York, N.Y.), 309(5738), 1200–1205.
A journal article with 3 authors
Tuff, J., Wade, J., & Wood, B. J. (2013). Volcanism on Mars controlled by early oxidation of the upper mantle. Nature, 498(7454), 342–345.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Högberg, P., Nordgren, A., Buchmann, N., Taylor, A. F., Ekblad, A., Högberg, M. N., … Read, D. J. (2001). Large-scale forest girdling shows that current photosynthesis drives soil respiration. Nature, 411(6839), 789–792.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Morgan, A. (2009). Eating the Big Fish. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Li, S. (2005). Beginning J2ME: From Novice to Professional. (J. Knudsen, Ed.) (Third Edition). Berkeley, CA: Apress.
A chapter in an edited book
Seidl, C., Pogorelskiy, K., & Traub, S. (2013). Uniform Measures. In K. Pogorelskiy & S. Traub (Eds.), Tax Progression in OECD Countries: An Integrative Analysis of Tax Schedules and Income Distributions (pp. 27–68). 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 Research in Transportation Economics.

Blog post
Fang, J. (2015, January 8). Two Supermassive Black Holes Set To Collide. Retrieved October 30, 2018, from


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. (1993). [Comments on FAA Reimbursement of Employees’ Ferry Fares] (No. B-247849.3). 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
Mustico, J. P. (2010). Perception and preference comparison of managers’ behaviors on sales and non -sales employees: A case study (Doctoral dissertation). Capella University, Minneapolis, MN.

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
Wines, M. (2017, July 19). Under Fire as It Begins, Voter Fraud Panel Meets. New York Times, p. A18.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Coscia, 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Coscia, 2014, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Hawker & Wooley, 2005)
  • Three authors: (Tuff, Wade, & Wood, 2013)
  • 6 or more authors: (Högberg et al., 2001)

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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