How to format your references using the Transportation Research Part E citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Transportation Research Part E. 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
Thorne, P.W., 2008. Arctic tropospheric warming amplification? Nature 455, E1-2; discussion E4-5.
A journal article with 2 authors
Reysenbach, A.-L., Shock, E., 2002. Merging genomes with geochemistry in hydrothermal ecosystems. Science 296, 1077–1082.
A journal article with 3 authors
Hoch, J.C., Maciejewski, M.W., Gryk, M.R., 2008. Comment on “magnetic resonance spectroscopy identifies neural progenitor cells in the live human brain.” Science 321, 640.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Mahal, L.K., Charter, N.W., Angata, K., Fukuda, M., Koshland, D.E., Jr, Bertozzi, C.R., 2001. A small-molecule modulator of poly-alpha 2,8-sialic acid expression on cultured neurons and tumor cells. Science 294, 380–381.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Stacey, W.M., 2012. Fusion Plasma Physics. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany.
An edited book
Böhme, R., Brenner, M., Moore, T., Smith, M. (Eds.), 2014. Financial Cryptography and Data Security: FC 2014 Workshops, BITCOIN and WAHC 2014, Christ Church, Barbados, March 7, 2014, Revised Selected Papers, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Mandelkow, E.-M., Thies, E., Konzack, S., Mandelkow, E., 2009. Tau and Intracellular Transport in Neurons, in: George-Hyslop, P.H.S., Mobley, W.C.C., Christen, Y. (Eds.), Intracellular Traffic and Neurodegenerative Disorders, Research and Perspectives in Alzheimer’s Disease. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 59–70.

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 Research Part E.

Blog post
Luntz, S., 2015. Corals Beat Heat By Swapping Algal Partners [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, 2000. Critical Infrastructure Protection: “ILOVEYOU” Computer Virus Highlights Need for Improved Alert and Coordination Capabilities (No. T-AIMD-00-181). 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
Kraka, E.K., 2012. Assessment of herbicides for control of non-native species: Italian ryegrass (Lolium perenne spp. multiflorum ), tropical spiderwort (Commelina benghalensis), and tropical soda apple (Solanum viarum) (Doctoral dissertation). Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS.

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
Linda Greenhouse; Karen, Gary Gately contributed reporting for this article, 2005. Supreme Court Roundup; BURDEN OF PROOF NOW ON PARENTS IN SCHOOL CASES. New York Times A1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Thorne, 2008).
This sentence cites two references (Reysenbach and Shock, 2002; Thorne, 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Reysenbach and Shock, 2002)
  • Three or more authors: (Mahal et al., 2001)

About the journal

Full journal titleTransportation Research Part E
AbbreviationTransp. Res. Part E: Logist. Trans. Rev.
ISSN (print)1366-5545
ScopeBusiness and International Management

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