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
Goroff, N.S., 2014. Chemistry.A clear path for polymer crystallization. Science 343, 258–259.
A journal article with 2 authors
Li, H.-B., Henning, T., 2011. The alignment of molecular cloud magnetic fields with the spiral arms in M33. Nature 479, 499–501.
A journal article with 3 authors
Deán-Ben, X.L., Bay, E., Razansky, D., 2014. Functional optoacoustic imaging of moving objects using microsecond-delay acquisition of multispectral three-dimensional tomographic data. Sci. Rep. 4, 5878.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Guo, M., Xie, K., Wang, Y., Zhou, L., Huang, H., 2014. Aperiodic TiO2 nanotube photonic crystal: full-visible-spectrum solar light harvesting in photovoltaic devices. Sci. Rep. 4, 6442.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Gu, X., Jiang, N., Ji, K., Li, H., Qiu, X., Li, W., Ji, X., Du, H., Sheng, B., Huang, H., 2017. Self-healing Control Technology for Distribution Networks. John Wiley & Sons Singapore Pte. Ltd, Singapore.
An edited book
Green, D.G., 2006. Complexity in Landscape Ecology, Landscape Series. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht.
A chapter in an edited book
Day, L.E., Hutton, G., 2012. Towards Modular Compilers for Effects, in: Peña, R., Page, R. (Eds.), Trends in Functional Programming: 12th International Symposium, TFP 2011, Madrid, Spain, May 16-18, 2011, Revised Selected Papers, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 49–64.

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
Andrew, E., 2015. Populations Of World’s Rarest Big Cat Rebound [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, 1978. Status of the Air Force’s Missile X Program (No. PSAD-78-35). 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
Hartley, D.L., 2010. Transnational jazz and blues: Aural aesthetics and African diasporic fiction (Doctoral dissertation). University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, MD.

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
Dwyer, J., 2015. A Police Shot to a Boy’s Back, Echoing Since ’73. 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 (Goroff, 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Goroff, 2014; Li and Henning, 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Li and Henning, 2011)
  • Three or more authors: (Guo et al., 2014)

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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