How to format your references using the Applied Research in Quality of Life citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Applied Research in Quality of Life. 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
Masood, E. (2015). Maurice Strong (1929-2015). Nature, 528(7583), 480.
A journal article with 2 authors
Berg, P., & Lehman, I. R. (2007). Retrospective: Arthur Kornberg (1918-2007). Science (New York, N.Y.), 318(5856), 1564.
A journal article with 3 authors
Gosse, N. J., Nevin, L. M., & Baier, H. (2008). Retinotopic order in the absence of axon competition. Nature, 452(7189), 892–895.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Sobhian, B., Shao, G., Lilli, D. R., Culhane, A. C., Moreau, L. A., Xia, B., et al. (2007). RAP80 targets BRCA1 to specific ubiquitin structures at DNA damage sites. Science (New York, N.Y.), 316(5828), 1198–1202.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Coles, A., & Hawkins, D. G. (2011). MIDAS Technical Analysis. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Byeon, O.-H., Kwon, J. H., Dunning, T., Cho, K. W., & Savoy-Navarro, A. (Eds.). (2010). Future Application and Middleware Technology on e-Science. Boston, MA: Springer US.
A chapter in an edited book
Molina, G. A. (2008). Huemul – A Smalltalk Implementation. In R. Hirschfeld & K. Rose (Eds.), Self-Sustaining Systems: First Workshop, S3 2008 Potsdam, Germany, May 15-16, 2008 Revised Selected Papers (pp. 54–73). 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 Applied Research in Quality of Life.

Blog post
Evans, K. (2016, July 12). Here’s The Easiest Way To Undo The Harms Of Sitting All Day. IFLScience. IFLScience. Accessed 30 October 2018


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. (1990). Airline Competition: Industry Operating and Marketing Practices Limit Market Entry (No. RCED-90-147). 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
Greene, B. (2017). Repercussions of the Dark Valley - Reenacting And Reinterpreting an Era via Fantasy Manga (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
Kelly, C. (2011, October 28). Amid the City, Learning to Survive in the Wild. New York Times, p. C35.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Masood 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Berg and Lehman 2007; Masood 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Berg and Lehman 2007)
  • Three or more authors: (Sobhian et al. 2007)

About the journal

Full journal titleApplied Research in Quality of Life
AbbreviationAppl. Res. Qual. Life
ISSN (print)1871-2584
ISSN (online)1871-2576
ScopeLife-span and Life-course Studies

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