How to format your references using the Expert Review of Pharmacoeconomics & Outcomes Research citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Expert Review of Pharmacoeconomics & Outcomes Research. 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
Grove EA. Neuroscience. Organizing the source of memory. Science. 2008;319:288–289.
A journal article with 2 authors
Heilbron JL, Bynum WF. 1901 and all that. Nature. 2001;409:13–16.
A journal article with 3 authors
London AJ, Kimmelman J, Carlisle B. Research ethics. Rethinking research ethics: the case of postmarketing trials. Science. 2012;336:544–545.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Ko W, Jeon I, Kim HW, et al. Atomic and electronic structure of an alloyed topological insulator, Bi1.5Sb0.5Te1.7Se1.3. Sci Rep. 2013;3:2656.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Rehder D. Chemistry in Space. Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA; 2010.
An edited book
Goldreich O, editor. Property Testing: Current Research and Surveys. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2010.
A chapter in an edited book
Aron ID, Leventhal DH, Sellmann M. A Totally Unimodular Description of the Consistent Value Polytope for Binary Constraint Programming. In: Beck JC, Smith BM, editors. Integration of AI and OR Techniques in Constraint Programming for Combinatorial Optimization Problems: Third International Conference, CPAIOR 2006, Cork, Ireland, May 31 - June 2, 2006 Proceedings. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2006. p. 16–28.

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 Expert Review of Pharmacoeconomics & Outcomes Research.

Blog post
Andrew E. Scientists Reveal How A Zombifying Virus Manipulates Its Caterpillar Host. IFLScience. IFLScience; 2014.


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. Air Traffic Control: Computer Capacity Shortfalls May Impair Flight Safety. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1989. Report No.: IMTEC-89-63. .

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Ficchi G. A Qualitative Inquiry: Parental Approaches and Expectations, What Role Does Disability Play? [Doctoral dissertation]. [Tucson, AZ]: University of Arizona; 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
Schwirtz M. New York City Jails Take Another Blow: Respected Official Is Stepping Down. New York Times. 2017 May 26;A19.

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 titleExpert Review of Pharmacoeconomics & Outcomes Research
AbbreviationExpert Rev. Pharmacoecon. Outcomes Res.
ISSN (print)1473-7167
ISSN (online)1744-8379
ScopeGeneral Medicine
Health Policy
Pharmacology (medical)

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