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
Bentley, C.R., 2000. Antarctica. Stirring the icy waters. Nature 403, 610–611.
A journal article with 2 authors
Zhang, Y., Kalderon, D., 2001. Hedgehog acts as a somatic stem cell factor in the Drosophila ovary. Nature 410, 599–604.
A journal article with 3 authors
Gillis, A.J., Schuller, A.P., Skordalakes, E., 2008. Structure of the Tribolium castaneum telomerase catalytic subunit TERT. Nature 455, 633–637.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Hwang, G.-W., Murai, Y., Takahashi, T., Naganuma, A., 2014. The protein transportation pathway from Golgi to vacuoles via endosomes plays a role in enhancement of methylmercury toxicity. Sci. Rep. 4, 5888.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Wang, L., Tan, K.C., 2005. Modern Industrial Automation Software Design. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Sirgy, M.J., Phillips, R., Rahtz, D. (Eds.), 2013. Community Quality-of-Life Indicators: Best Cases VI, Community Quality-of-Life Indicators, Best Cases. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht.
A chapter in an edited book
Vives, J., 2016. Decomposition of the Pricing Formula for Stochastic Volatility Models Based on Malliavin-Skorohod Type Calculus, in: Eddahbi, M., Essaky, E.H., Vives, J. (Eds.), Statistical Methods and Applications in Insurance and Finance: CIMPA School, Marrakech and Kelaat M’gouna, Morocco, April 2013, Springer Proceedings in Mathematics & Statistics. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 103–123.

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. Jet Car Could Travel 550mph [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, 2012. Supply Chain Security: CBP Needs to Conduct Regular Assessments of Its Cargo Targeting System (No. GAO-13-9). 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
Vianna, M.H., 2015. An exploration of the factors that influence Brazilian students’ fluency of English: A case 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
Pilon, M., 2014. Skating’s New Scoring System Adds to Challenge for American Men. New York Times SP11.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (McGee, 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Dalcanton, 2009; Dolgin, 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Zhang and Kalderon, 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Jordan et al., 2005)

About the journal

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

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