How to format your references using the Transport Policy citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Transport Policy. 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
Friedman, N., 2004. Inferring cellular networks using probabilistic graphical models. Science 303, 799–805.
A journal article with 2 authors
Dobbelaere, J., Barral, Y., 2004. Spatial coordination of cytokinetic events by compartmentalization of the cell cortex. Science 305, 393–396.
A journal article with 3 authors
Tripathi, M.K., Sahu, K.C., Govindarajan, R., 2014. Why a falling drop does not in general behave like a rising bubble. Sci. Rep. 4, 4771.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Lobo-Checa, J., Matena, M., Müller, K., Dil, J.H., Meier, F., Gade, L.H., Jung, T.A., Stöhr, M., 2009. Band formation from coupled quantum dots formed by a nanoporous network on a copper surface. Science 325, 300–303.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Drake, P.P., Fabozzi, F.J., 2009. Foundations and Applications of the Time Value of Money. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Hayat, M.A. (Ed.), 2012. Stem Cells and Cancer Stem Cells,Volume 3: Stem Cells and Cancer Stem Cells, Therapeutic Applications in Disease and Injury: Volume 3, Stem Cells and Cancer Stem Cells. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht.
A chapter in an edited book
Peng, C., Yue, D., Han, Q.-L., 2015. Delay Distribution-Dependent Control for Networked Takagi–Sugeno Fuzzy Systems, in: Yue, D., Han, Q.-L. (Eds.), Communication and Control for Networked Complex Systems. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 41–58.

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 Transport Policy.

Blog post
Andrew, E., 2014. Scientists Develop A Way To Visualise The Brain In Real-Time [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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. Telecommunications: Cellular Service Competition (No. T-RCED-93-3). U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Lurz, J.P., 2019. Using Simplified Models and Limited-Horizon Planning to React to Time-Critical Problems (Doctoral dissertation). George Washington University, Washington, DC.

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
Crow, K., 2003. To the Barricades Over a Police Barricade. New York Times 145.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Friedman, 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Dobbelaere and Barral, 2004; Friedman, 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Dobbelaere and Barral, 2004)
  • Three or more authors: (Lobo-Checa et al., 2009)

About the journal

Full journal titleTransport Policy
AbbreviationTransp. Policy (Oxf.)
ISSN (print)0967-070X
ScopeGeography, Planning and Development

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