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
Rochaix, J.-D., 2013. Plant science. Fine-tuning photosynthesis. Science 342, 50–51.
A journal article with 2 authors
Schliwa, M., Woehlke, G., 2003. Molecular motors. Nature 422, 759–765.
A journal article with 3 authors
Yu, H., Tang, H., Xu, P., 2014. Green strategy from waste to value-added-chemical production: efficient biosynthesis of 6-hydroxy-3-succinoyl-pyridine by an engineered biocatalyst. Sci. Rep. 4, 5397.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Hu, Q.-H., Xie, Z.-Q., Wang, X.-M., Kang, H., He, Q.-F., Zhang, P., 2013. Secondary organic aerosols over oceans via oxidation of isoprene and monoterpenes from Arctic to Antarctic. Sci. Rep. 3, 2280.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Riehle, F., 2003. Frequency Standards. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, FRG.
An edited book
Mityushev, V.V., Ruzhansky, M. (Eds.), 2015. Analytic Methods in Interdisciplinary Applications, Springer Proceedings in Mathematics & Statistics. Springer International Publishing, Cham.
A chapter in an edited book
Carlevale, E., 2011. Creating Community Web Sites with Organic Groups, in: Luisi, J., Négyesi, K., Anderson, G., Somers, B., Corlosquet, S., Freudenberg, S., Lauer, M., Carlevale, E., Lorétan, F., Nordin, D., Szrama, R., Stewart, S., Strawn, J., Travis, B., Hakimzadeh, D., Scavarda, A., Albala, A., Micka, A., Douglass, R., Monks, R., Scholten, R., Wolanin, P., Valkenburgh, K.V., Stout, G., Dolin, K.Q., Gifford, M., Sarahe, C., Boyer, S., Mars, F., Cassie, G., Ryan, M., Catchpole, N., Gaskin, D. (Eds.), The Definitive Guide to Drupal 7. Apress, Berkeley, CA, pp. 109–124.

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
Luntz, S., 2015. Bionic Leaf Uses Bacteria To Convert Sunlight Into Fuel [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, 1977. More Emphasis Needed on Data Analysis Phase of Space Science Programs (No. PSAD-77-114). 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
ELBoushi, T.C., 2010. Evaluating ethics training and the outcome on leadership decision making: A phenomenological study (Doctoral dissertation). University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ.

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
Saslow, L., 2007. Bill Would Make Offenders Share Probation Costs. New York Times LI2.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Rochaix, 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Rochaix, 2013; Schliwa and Woehlke, 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Schliwa and Woehlke, 2003)
  • Three or more authors: (Hu et al., 2013)

About the journal

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

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