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
Snoke, D., 2002. Spontaneous Bose coherence of excitons and polaritons. Science 298, 1368–1372.
A journal article with 2 authors
Jucker, T., Coomes, D.A., 2012. Comment on “Plant species richness and ecosystem multifunctionality in global drylands.” Science 337, 155; author reply 155.
A journal article with 3 authors
Barry, L., Craig, G.C., Thuburn, J., 2002. Poleward heat transport by the atmospheric heat engine. Nature 415, 774–777.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Ohtomo, A., Muller, D.A., Grazul, J.L., Hwang, H.Y., 2002. Artificial charge-modulationin atomic-scale perovskite titanate superlattices. Nature 419, 378–380.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ruske, W., 1971. Verlag Chemie 1921-1971. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany.
An edited book
Zheng, J., Mao, S., Midkiff, S.F., Zhu, H. (Eds.), 2010. Ad Hoc Networks: First International Conference, ADHOCNETS 2009, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, September 22-25, 2009. Revised Selected Papers, Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Carr, C., 2008. Social and Ritual Organization, in: Carr, C. (Ed.), The Scioto Hopewell and Their Neighbors: Bioarchaeological Documentation and Cultural Understanding, Interdisciplinary Contributions to Archaeology. Springer, New York, NY, pp. 151–288.

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
Davis, J., 2016. England To Offer Gay Men HPV Vaccine For First 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, 2003. Transportation Security: Post-September 11th Initiatives and Long-Term Challenges (No. GAO-03-616T). 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
Yelkenci, S., 2017. Algorithmic Music Composition Using Linear Algebra (Doctoral dissertation). Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL.

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
St. John Kelly, E., 1997. NEIGHBORHOOD REPORT: MARINE PARK -- UPDATE ; Mariners Are Still Riding High. New York Times 1410.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Snoke, 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Jucker and Coomes, 2012; Snoke, 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Jucker and Coomes, 2012)
  • Three or more authors: (Ohtomo et al., 2002)

About the journal

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

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