How to format your references using the Transport Reviews citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Transport Reviews. 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
Cully, M. (2014). Public health: The politics of antibiotics. Nature, 509(7498), S16-7.
A journal article with 2 authors
Reinhoudt, D. N., & Crego-Calama, M. (2002). Synthesis beyond the molecule. Science (New York, N.Y.), 295(5564), 2403–2407.
A journal article with 3 authors
Wang, M., Vijayraghavan, S., & Goldman-Rakic, P. S. (2004). Selective D2 receptor actions on the functional circuitry of working memory. Science (New York, N.Y.), 303(5659), 853–856.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
López-García, P., Rodríguez-Valera, F., Pedrós-Alió, C., & Moreira, D. (2001). Unexpected diversity of small eukaryotes in deep-sea Antarctic plankton. Nature, 409(6820), 603–607.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Arifin, S. M. N., Madey, G. R., & Collins, F. H. (2016). Spatial Agent-Based Simulation Modeling in Public Health. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Dong, G. (Ed.). (2014). C-C Bond Activation. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Monroy-Ata, A., Peña-Becerril, J. C., & García-Díaz, M. (2016). Mycorrhizal Symbiosis Organization of Dominant Tree Prosopis laevigata (Mesquite) in a Xeric Shrub of Central Mexico. In M. C. Pagano (Ed.), Recent Advances on Mycorrhizal Fungi (pp. 35–45). Cham: Springer International Publishing.

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 Reviews.

Blog post
Hale, T. (2017, February 1). This Massive Floating Robot Looks Awesomely Awkward.


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. (1991). Aerospace Plane Technology: Research and Development Efforts in Japan and Australia (No. NSIAD-92-5). Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Prasad, A. B. (2010). Analyzing comparative sequence data to understand genome function and evolution (Doctoral dissertation). George Washington University, Washington, DC.

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
Walt, S. M. (2017, May 12). The Power Of a Strong State Dept. New York Times, p. A29.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Cully, 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Cully, 2014; Reinhoudt & Crego-Calama, 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Reinhoudt & Crego-Calama, 2002)
  • Three authors: (Wang, Vijayraghavan, & Goldman-Rakic, 2004)
  • 6 or more authors: (López-García, Rodríguez-Valera, Pedrós-Alió, & Moreira, 2001)

About the journal

Full journal titleTransport Reviews
AbbreviationTransp. Rev.
ISSN (print)0144-1647
ISSN (online)1464-5327

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