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
Savage, N., 2012. Come into the light. Nature 483, S38-9.
A journal article with 2 authors
Rowland, J.M., Emlen, D.J., 2009. Two thresholds, three male forms result in facultative male trimorphism in beetles. Science 323, 773–776.
A journal article with 3 authors
Powner, M.W., Gerland, B., Sutherland, J.D., 2009. Synthesis of activated pyrimidine ribonucleotides in prebiotically plausible conditions. Nature 459, 239–242.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Ricci, M.T., Menegon, S., Vatrano, S., Mandrile, G., Cerrato, N., Carvalho, P., De Marchi, M., Gaita, F., Giustetto, C., Giachino, D.F., 2014. SCN1B gene variants in Brugada Syndrome: a study of 145 SCN5A-negative patients. Sci. Rep. 4, 6470.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Knudsen, S., 2005. Cancer Diagnostics with DNA Microarrays. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Soh, K.-S., Kang, K.A., Harrison, D.K. (Eds.), 2012. The Primo Vascular System: Its Role in Cancer and Regeneration, 1st ed. Springer, New York, NY.
A chapter in an edited book
Boulding, J.R., 2016. Women’s Movements for Social Change: Social Feminism and Equity Feminism (1994), in: Boulding, J.R. (Ed.), Elise Boulding: Writings on Feminism, the Family and Quakerism, Pioneers in Arts, Humanities, Science, Engineering, Practice. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 41–67.

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, D., 2016. The Big Picture Of The Universe Reveals The Family Tree Of Galaxies [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, 2010. Postsecondary Education: College and University Endowments Have Shown Long-Term Growth, While Size, Restrictions, and Distributions Vary (No. GAO-10-393). 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
Banuelos, J., 2010. Deficit irrigation of bermudagrass and seashore paspalum for golf course turf (Doctoral dissertation). University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.

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
Silver-Greenberg, J., Protess, B., 2016. Gun Control Groups Find a Wealthy Ally in Big Law. New York Times BU1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Savage, 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Rowland and Emlen, 2009; Savage, 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Rowland and Emlen, 2009)
  • Three or more authors: (Ricci 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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