How to format your references using the AIDS Care citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for AIDS Care. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
Hyun, I. (2014). Policy: Regulate embryos made for research. Nature, 509(7498), 27–28.
A journal article with 2 authors
Rai, A. K., & Cook-Deegan, R. (2013). Genetics. Moving beyond “isolated” gene patents. Science (New York, N.Y.), 341(6142), 137–138.
A journal article with 3 authors
Lynch, M., Koskella, B., & Schaack, S. (2006). Mutation pressure and the evolution of organelle genomic architecture. Science (New York, N.Y.), 311(5768), 1727–1730.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Kuiken, T., Fouchier, R., Rimmelzwaan, G., Osterhaus, A., & Roeder, P. (2006). Feline friend or potential foe? Nature, 440(7085), 741–742.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Wong, K. D. (2011). Fundamentals of Wireless Communication Engineering Technologies. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Vincent, J.-L. (Ed.). (2010). Intensive Care Medicine. Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Bakker, M. (2013). Analytic Modeling of Transient Multilayer Flow. In P. K. Mishra & K. L. Kuhlman (Eds.), Advances in Hydrogeology (pp. 95–114). 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 AIDS Care.

Blog post
Luntz, S. (2015, March 16). No, This Isn’t An Alien. IFLScience; 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. (1991). Transportation Infrastructure: Department of Transportation Highway and Mass Transit Program Reauthorization Proposals (T-RCED-91-26). 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
Haghighat, R. (2015). An optimization model to allocate budget in school rehabilitation projects [Doctoral dissertation]. California State University, Long Beach.

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
Kenigsberg, B. (2017, April 13). Film Series. New York Times, C27.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Hyun, 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Hyun, 2014; Rai & Cook-Deegan, 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Rai & Cook-Deegan, 2013)
  • Three authors: (Lynch et al., 2006)
  • 6 or more authors: (Kuiken et al., 2006)

About the journal

Full journal titleAIDS Care
AbbreviationAIDS Care
ISSN (print)0954-0121
ISSN (online)1360-0451
ScopePublic Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
Social Psychology
Health(social science)

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