How to format your references using the Asian Journal of Health Sciences citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Asian Journal of Health Sciences. 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
P. Gong, China needs no foreign help to feed itself, Nature. 474 (2011) 7.
A journal article with 2 authors
L. Bettencourt, G. West, A unified theory of urban living, Nature. 467 (2010) 912–913.
A journal article with 3 authors
J.P. Walsh, C. Cho, W.M. Cohen, Science and law. View from the bench: patents and material transfers, Science. 309 (2005) 2002–2003.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
X. Jin, Q. Li, Y. Li, Z. Chen, T.-H. Wei, X. He, W. Sun, Energy level control: toward an efficient hot electron transport, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 5983.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
L.C. Woods, Theory of Tokamak Transport, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, FRG, 2005.
An edited book
P. Block, D. Kasnitz, A. Nishida, N. Pollard, eds., Occupying Disability: Critical Approaches to Community, Justice, and Decolonizing Disability, 1st ed. 2016, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
M. Kurguzkin, Evaluation of State of Environment and Monitoring of Hazardous Facilities, in: V.M. Kolodkin, W. Ruck (Eds.), Ecological Risks Associated with the Destruction of Chemical Weapons, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2006: pp. 41–44.

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 Asian Journal of Health Sciences.

Blog post
J. Davis, Air Pollution Found To Kill More People In Africa Than Malnutrition Or Unsafe Drinking Water, IFLScience. (2016). (accessed October 30, 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, Working Comfortably With Video Display Terminals, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1991.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
T.W. Fister, Activating the art classroom: Combining critical pedagogy, visual culture and socially engaged art to promote agency amongst high school students, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 2017.

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
S. Gottlieb, E.J. Emanuel, No, There Won’t Be a Doctor Shortage, New York Times. (2013) A35.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

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 titleAsian Journal of Health Sciences
ISSN (print)1878-5263

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