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
Gaskell, C.M., 2010. Close supermassive binary black holes. Nature 463, E1; discussion E2.
A journal article with 2 authors
Boone, C., Andrews, B.J., 2015. HUMAN GENOME. The indispensable genome. Science 350, 1028–1029.
A journal article with 3 authors
Meierbachtol, T., Harper, J., Humphrey, N., 2013. Basal drainage system response to increasing surface melt on the Greenland ice sheet. Science 341, 777–779.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Lincoln, G.A., Clarke, I.J., Hut, R.A., Hazlerigg, D.G., 2006. Characterizing a mammalian circannual pacemaker. Science 314, 1941–1944.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ketring, K.L., Glaze, M.B., 2012. Atlas of Feline Ophthalmology. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., West Sussex, UK.
An edited book
Rosa, M., 2016. Current and Future Perspectives of Ethnomathematics as a Program, ICME-13 Topical Surveys. Springer International Publishing, Cham.
A chapter in an edited book
Miradi, M., Molenaar, A.A.A., van de Ven, M.F.C., 2009. Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining Using Artificial Intelligence to Unravel Porous Asphalt Concrete in the Netherlands, in: Gopalakrishnan, K., Ceylan, H., Attoh-Okine, N.O. (Eds.), Intelligent and Soft Computing in Infrastructure Systems Engineering: Recent Advances, Studies in Computational Intelligence. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 107–176.

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. Researchers Identify Potential New Targets For Cancer Treatments [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, 1984. Use of Department of Education Title III Grant Funds by the International Institute of the Americas of World University (No. HRD-84-20). 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
Collette, J.C., 2017. Validation of the tgFgfr1-EGFP Mouse Line as a Tool to Study Fibroblast Growth Factor Receptor 1 Cellular Localization and Expression After Experimental Manipulations (Doctoral dissertation). University of Louisiana, Lafayette, LA.

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
Neuman, W., 2014. Colombia and Rebels Agree to Talks. New York Times A12.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Gaskell, 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Boone and Andrews, 2015; Gaskell, 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Boone and Andrews, 2015)
  • Three or more authors: (Lincoln et al., 2006)

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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