How to format your references using the Transportation Infrastructure Geotechnology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Transportation Infrastructure Geotechnology. 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
Macilwain, C.: Ticking the right boxes. Nature. 439, 533 (2006)
A journal article with 2 authors
Monk, J., Palsson, B.O.: Genetics. Predicting microbial growth. Science. 344, 1448–1449 (2014)
A journal article with 3 authors
Bo, T.-L., Zhang, H., Zheng, X.-J.: Charge-to-mass ratio of saltating particles in wind-blown sand. Sci. Rep. 4, 5590 (2014)
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Dickinson, M.G., Orme, C.D.L., Suttle, K.B., Mace, G.M.: Separating sensitivity from exposure in assessing extinction risk from climate change. Sci. Rep. 4, 6898 (2014)

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Maini, A.K., Agrawal, V.: Satellite Technology. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK (2006)
An edited book
An, S.: Wetland Restoration: Shanghai Dalian Lake Project. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg (2014)
A chapter in an edited book
Redmer, R., Holst, B.: Metal–Insulator Transition in Dense Hydrogen. In: Redmer, R., Hensel, F., and Holst, B. (eds.) Metal-to-Nonmetal Transitions. pp. 63–84. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg (2010)

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 Transportation Infrastructure Geotechnology.

Blog post
Davis, J.: Modern HIV Drugs Give Young People “Near Normal” Life Expectancy


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: Telecommunications: USDA Should Evaluate the Performance of the Rural Broadband Loan Program. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC (2014)

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Jenkins, M.M.: Clinical decision-making and pediatric bipolar disorder, (2009)

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.: A Scandal Leaves Its Mark, (2013)

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [1].
This sentence cites two references [1, 2].
This sentence cites four references [1–4].

About the journal

Full journal titleTransportation Infrastructure Geotechnology
ISSN (print)2196-7202
ISSN (online)2196-7210

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