How to format your references using the American Journal of Public Health citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for American Journal of Public Health. 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
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Hobson A. A model for madness? Nature. 2004;430(6995):21.
A journal article with 2 authors
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True HL, Lindquist SL. A yeast prion provides a mechanism for genetic variation and phenotypic diversity. Nature. 2000;407(6803):477-483.
A journal article with 3 authors
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Chen F, Lam C-H, Tsui OKC. Materials science. The surface mobility of glasses. Science. 2014;343(6174):975-976.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
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Letzner S, Patzke N, Verhaal J, Manns M. Shaping a lateralized brain: asymmetrical light experience modulates access to visual interhemispheric information in pigeons. Sci Rep. 2014;4:4253.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
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Vogel W, Kalb H. Large-Scale Solar Thermal Power. Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA; 2010.
An edited book
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Bhattacharyya S. Soft Computing for Image and Multimedia Data Processing. (Maulik U, ed.). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
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Althaus E, Kruglov E, Weidenbach C. Superposition Modulo Linear Arithmetic SUP(LA). In: Ghilardi S, Sebastiani R, eds. Frontiers of Combining Systems: 7th International Symposium, FroCoS 2009, Trento, Italy, September 16-18, 2009. Proceedings. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2009:84-99.

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 American Journal of Public Health.

Blog post
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Andrew E. Carnivorous Plant’s Jam-Packed Genome Intrigues Scientists. IFLScience. https://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/carnivorous-plants-jam-packed-genome-intrigues-scientists/. Published February 24, 2015. Accessed October 30, 2018.

Reports

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
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Government Accountability Office. Navigation Systems. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1977.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
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PerLee-Lange DL. An introduction to the juvenile dependency court process and the child welfare system: A curriculum for parents. 2010.

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
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Barker K, Taylor K. A Teacher Accused of Abuse Seen to Have Never Grown Up. New York Times. October 10, 2014:A1.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in superscript:

This sentence cites one reference 1.
This sentence cites two references 1,2.
This sentence cites four references 1–4.

About the journal

Full journal titleAmerican Journal of Public Health
AbbreviationAm. J. Public Health
ISSN (print)0090-0036
ISSN (online)1541-0048
ScopePublic Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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