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
Hastings, M. H. (2013). Physiology. A looser clock to cure jet lag. Science (New York, N.Y.), 342(6154), 52–53.
A journal article with 2 authors
Boehr, D. D., & Wright, P. E. (2008). Biochemistry. How do proteins interact? Science (New York, N.Y.), 320(5882), 1429–1430.
A journal article with 3 authors
Yabuta, N. H., Sawatari, A., & Callaway, E. M. (2001). Two functional channels from primary visual cortex to dorsal visual cortical areas. Science (New York, N.Y.), 292(5515), 297–300.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Clayton, E., Doupé, D. P., Klein, A. M., Winton, D. J., Simons, B. D., & Jones, P. H. (2007). A single type of progenitor cell maintains normal epidermis. Nature, 446(7132), 185–189.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
“MAX” Maxfield, C., & Brown, A. (2005). The Definitive Guide to How Computers Do Math. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Cano, E. L. (2012). Six Sigma with R: Statistical Engineering for Process Improvement. (J. M. Moguerza & A. Redchuk, Eds.) (Vol. 36). New York, NY: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Lape, P. (2016). The Role of Food Production in Incipient Warfare in Protohistoric Timor Leste. In A. M. VanDerwarker & G. D. Wilson (Eds.), The Archaeology of Food and Warfare: Food Insecurity in Prehistory (pp. 61–73). Cham: 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, E. (2015, June 4). There’s No Evidence Of Any Health Benefits To Eating Your Placenta. 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. (1991). Global Positioning System: Production Should Be Limited Until Receiver Reliability Problems Are Resolved (No. NSIAD-91-74). 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
Minick, V. (2010). Educators’ Beliefs About and Approaches to the Evaluation of Student Writing (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
Otis, J. (2017, January 10). Student Gains Confidence With Help From an ‘Angel.’ New York Times, p. A20.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Hastings, 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Boehr & Wright, 2008; Hastings, 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Boehr & Wright, 2008)
  • Three authors: (Yabuta, Sawatari, & Callaway, 2001)
  • 6 or more authors: (Clayton et al., 2007)

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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