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
Chambers, J. (2014). Planetary science: A chronometer for Earth’s age. Nature, 508(7494), 51–52.
A journal article with 2 authors
Paerl, H. W., & Huisman, J. (2008). Climate. Blooms like it hot. Science (New York, N.Y.), 320(5872), 57–58.
A journal article with 3 authors
Conrad, C. P., Steinberger, B., & Torsvik, T. H. (2013). Conrad et al. reply. Nature, 503(7477), E4.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Yang-Hartwich, Y., Gurrea-Soteras, M., Sumi, N., Joo, W. D., Holmberg, J. C., Craveiro, V., Alvero, A. B., & Mor, G. (2014). Ovulation and extra-ovarian origin of ovarian cancer. Scientific Reports, 4, 6116.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Boutillier, S., Carré, D., & Levratto, N. (2016). Entrepreneurial Ecosystems. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
González Hidalgo, M., Mir Torres, A., & Varona Gómez, J. (Eds.). (2013). Deformation Models: Tracking, Animation and Applications (Vol. 7). Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Humphrey, L. R. (2013). Model Checking for Verification in UAV Cooperative Control Applications. In F. Fahroo, L. Y. Wang, & G. Yin (Eds.), Recent Advances in Research on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (pp. 69–117). 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
Luntz, S. (2014, August 2). New Species Of Dolphin Identified. 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. (1972). Program To Increase Graduates From Health Professions Schools and Improve the Quality of Their Education (B-164031(2)). 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
Williams, V. D. (2014). Leadership behavior practice patterns’ relationship to employee work engagement in a nonprofit that supports the homeless [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
Cave, D., & Kwai, I. (2017, May 27). Drug Trafficker and Australian Obsession Returns Home. New York Times, A4.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Chambers, 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Chambers, 2014; Paerl & Huisman, 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Paerl & Huisman, 2008)
  • Three authors: (Conrad et al., 2013)
  • 6 or more authors: (Yang-Hartwich et al., 2014)

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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