How to format your references using the Urban Geography citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Urban Geography. 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
Scholz, Barbara C. (2002). Innateness. Nature, 415(6873), 739.
A journal article with 2 authors
Lin, Michael T., & Beal, M. Flint (2006). Mitochondrial dysfunction and oxidative stress in neurodegenerative diseases. Nature, 443(7113), 787–795.
A journal article with 3 authors
Humanes-Valera, D., Foffani, G., & Aguilar, J. (2014). Increased cortical responses to forepaw stimuli immediately after peripheral deafferentation of hindpaw inputs. Scientific reports, 4, 7278.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Klein-Seetharaman, Judith, Oikawa, Maki, Grimshaw, Shaun B., Wirmer, Julia, Duchardt, Elke, Ueda, Tadashi, … Schwalbe, Harald (2002). Long-range interactions within a nonnative protein. Science (New York, N.Y.), 295(5560), 1719–1722.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Lawless, Harry T. (2013). Quantitative Sensory Analysis. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons.
An edited book
Foss, Chris, Gray, Jonathan W., & Whalen, Zach (Eds.) (2016). Disability in Comic Books and Graphic Narratives. London: Palgrave Macmillan UK.
A chapter in an edited book
Ziegler, Andreas R. (2010). The Nascent International Law on Most-Favoured-Nation (MFN) Clauses in Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs). In Christoph Herrmann & Jörg Philipp Terhechte (Eds.), European Yearbook of International Economic Law 2010 (pp. 77–101). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.

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 Urban Geography.

Blog post
Andrew, Elise (2015). Melting Moments: A Look Under East Antarctica’s Biggest Glacier,. IFLScience.


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 (1983). GAO ADP Data Lines: Issue No. 3. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Karmacharya, Binab (2015). Population Dynamics of Northern Cardinal and Carolina Wren in an Urban Forest Fragment: Safe Refuge or Ecological Trap? 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
Kitfield, James (2017). The Lingering Stench of Torture. New York Times. January 14 (p. A19).

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Scholz, 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Scholz, 2002; Lin & Beal, 2006).

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

  • Two authors: (Lin & Beal, 2006)
  • Three authors: (Humanes-Valera, Foffani, & Aguilar, 2014)
  • Four or more authors: (Klein-Seetharaman et al., 2002)

About the journal

Full journal titleUrban Geography
ISSN (print)0272-3638
ISSN (online)1938-2847

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