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
Witmer, L.M., 2001. Nostril position in dinosaurs and other vertebrates and its significance for nasal function. Science 293, 850–853.
A journal article with 2 authors
Karels, T.J., Boonstra, R., 2000. Concurrent density dependence and independence in populations of arctic ground squirrels. Nature 408, 460–463.
A journal article with 3 authors
Sun, J.C., Beilke, J.N., Lanier, L.L., 2009. Adaptive immune features of natural killer cells. Nature 457, 557–561.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Stott, L.D., Berelson, W., Douglas, R., Gorsline, D., 2000. Increased dissolved oxygen in Pacific intermediate waters due to lower rates of carbon oxidation in sediments. Nature 407, 367–370.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Golding, P., 2005. Next Generation Wireless Applications. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.
An edited book
Kyung, C.-M. (Ed.), 2015. Smart Sensors for Health and Environment Monitoring, KAIST Research Series. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht.
A chapter in an edited book
Kirkbride, J.B., 2010. Impact of Contextual Environmental Mechanisms on the Incidence of Schizophrenia and Other Psychoses, in: Gattaz, W.F., Busatto, G. (Eds.), Advances in Schizophrenia Research 2009. Springer, New York, NY, pp. 67–96.

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. Dementia Now The Leading Cause Of Death In England And Wales [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, 2015. Farm Program Modernization: Farm Service Agency Needs to Demonstrate the Capacity to Manage IT Initiatives (No. GAO-15-506). 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
Yuan, J., 2008. Membrane Protein Insertion in Bacteria by the YidC and Sec Pathway (Doctoral dissertation). Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.

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
Greenhouse, L., 2006. Arizona’s Strict Approach to Insanity Defenses Gets a Hearing Before the Supreme Court. New York Times A25.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Witmer, 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Karels and Boonstra, 2000; Witmer, 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Karels and Boonstra, 2000)
  • Three or more authors: (Stott et al., 2000)

About the journal

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

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