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
Bohannon, J., 2010. Why do scientists dance? Science 330, 752.
A journal article with 2 authors
Christensen, U.R., Tilgner, A., 2004. Power requirement of the geodynamo from ohmic losses in numerical and laboratory dynamos. Nature 429, 169–171.
A journal article with 3 authors
Chevrier, V., Poulet, F., Bibring, J.-P., 2007. Early geochemical environment of Mars as determined from thermodynamics of phyllosilicates. Nature 448, 60–63.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Lei, Z., Liu, X., Wu, Yuan, Wang, Hui, Jiang, S., Wang, S., Hui, X., Wu, Yidong, Gault, B., Kontis, P., Raabe, D., Gu, L., Zhang, Q., Chen, H., Wang, Hongtao, Liu, J., An, K., Zeng, Q., Nieh, T.-G., Lu, Z., 2018. Enhanced strength and ductility in a high-entropy alloy via ordered oxygen complexes. Nature 563, 546–550.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Lindl, T., Steubing, R., 2013. Atlas of Living Cell Cultures. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany.
An edited book
Hollins Martin, C.J., Watson, R.R., Preedy, V.R. (Eds.), 2013. Nutrition and Diet in Menopause, Nutrition and Health. Humana Press, Totowa, NJ.
A chapter in an edited book
Hamed, O., Kimchi, E.T., Sehmbey, M., Gusani, N.J., Kaifi, J.T., Staveley-O’Carroll, K., 2013. Impact of Genetic Targets on Cancer Therapy: Hepatocellular Cancer, in: El-Deiry, W.S. (Ed.), Impact of Genetic Targets on Cancer Therapy, Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology. Springer, New York, NY, pp. 67–90.

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
Taub, B., 2016. Humans Can “See” Individual Photons, Claims Study [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. Automated Systems: The Auditor’s Role (No. 102820). 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
Pak, C.H., 2015. A study of high-performing at-risk high school students and their perceptions on academic success and achievement (Doctoral dissertation). Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA.

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
Stewart, J.B., 2017. They Exposed a Scandal, But Merited Just a Footnote. New York Times B1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Bohannon, 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Bohannon, 2010; Christensen and Tilgner, 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Christensen and Tilgner, 2004)
  • Three or more authors: (Lei et al., 2018)

About the journal

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

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