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
Pierrehumbert, R.T., 2002. The hydrologic cycle in deep-time climate problems. Nature 419, 191–198.
A journal article with 2 authors
Gaudioso, J., Salerno, R.M., 2004. Science and government. Biosecurity and research: minimizing adverse impacts. Science 304, 687.
A journal article with 3 authors
Philips, J.A., Rubin, E.J., Perrimon, N., 2005. Drosophila RNAi screen reveals CD36 family member required for mycobacterial infection. Science 309, 1251–1253.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Krejci, L., Van Komen, S., Li, Y., Villemain, J., Reddy, M.S., Klein, H., Ellenberger, T., Sung, P., 2003. DNA helicase Srs2 disrupts the Rad51 presynaptic filament. Nature 423, 305–309.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Weiss, J., 2016. Handbook of Ion Chromatography. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany.
An edited book
Franklin, T.J., 2005. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of Antimicrobial Drug Action, Sixth edition. ed. Springer US, Boston, MA.
A chapter in an edited book
Raulf, H.-U., 2013. Communication, in: Ebermann, H.-J., Scheiderer, J. (Eds.), Human Factors on the Flight Deck: Safe Piloting Behaviour in Practice. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 87–112.

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, D., 2015. Watch How Easily A Rat Can Wriggle Up Your Toilet [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, 1988. Bridge Condition Assessment: Inaccurate Data May Cause Inequities in the Apportionment of Federal-Aid Funds (No. RCED-88-75). 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
Chima-Okereke, O., 2010. The distinct VPS35 mutant, env1, exhibits unique protein mislocalization and processing phenotype (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, 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
Kishkovsky, S., 2004. The Region, a Primer. New York Times A9.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Pierrehumbert, 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Gaudioso and Salerno, 2004; Pierrehumbert, 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Gaudioso and Salerno, 2004)
  • Three or more authors: (Krejci et al., 2003)

About the journal

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

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