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
Brumfiel, G. (2003). High-voltage shock sparks fusion from X-ray crush. Nature, 422(6932), 549.
A journal article with 2 authors
Braithwaite, J., & Spruit, H. C. (2004). A fossil origin for the magnetic field in A stars and white dwarfs. Nature, 431(7010), 819–821.
A journal article with 3 authors
Assefa, S., Xia, F., & Vlasov, Y. A. (2010). Reinventing germanium avalanche photodetector for nanophotonic on-chip optical interconnects. Nature, 464(7285), 80–84.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Perry, A. L., Low, P. J., Ellis, J. R., & Reynolds, J. D. (2005). Climate change and distribution shifts in marine fishes. Science (New York, N.Y.), 308(5730), 1912–1915.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Häussler-Combe, U. (2014). Computational Methods for Reinforced Concrete Structures. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH.
An edited book
Baldassarre, G., & Mirolli, M. (Eds.). (2013). Computational and Robotic Models of the Hierarchical Organization of Behavior. Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Lee, T.-G., & Chung, G.-S. (2012). A Scalable Link Model for Local Optical Wireless Networks. In L. Xu, E. Bertino, & Y. Mu (Eds.), Network and System Security: 6th International Conference, NSS 2012, Wuyishan, Fujian, China, November 21-23, 2012. Proceedings (pp. 44–57). 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
O`Callaghan, J. (2016, August 16). Asteroid Mining Company Reveals New Mission To Land On An Asteroid By 2020. 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. (1989). ICBM Modernization: Rail Garrison Production Decision and Launch Car Acquisition Should Be Delayed (NSIAD-90-19). 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
Rodriguez, F. (2010). Grant proposal: Providing effective screening, training, and supervision for an at-risk youth mentoring program [Doctoral dissertation]. California State University, Long Beach.

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
Grynbaum, M. M., & Ember, S. (2017, September 15). Who Will Inherit the Throne at Vanity Fair? New York Times, B3.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Brumfiel, 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Braithwaite & Spruit, 2004; Brumfiel, 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Braithwaite & Spruit, 2004)
  • Three authors: (Assefa et al., 2010)
  • 6 or more authors: (Perry et al., 2005)

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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