How to format your references using the Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing. 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
Brody H. Beauty. Nature. 2015;526(7572):S1.
A journal article with 2 authors
Sutherland WJ, Burgman M. Policy advice: Use experts wisely. Nature. 2015;526(7573):317-318.
A journal article with 3 authors
Kalas P, Graham JR, Clampin M. A planetary system as the origin of structure in Fomalhaut’s dust belt. Nature. 2005;435(7045):1067-1070.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Sharpless NE, Bardeesy N, Lee KH, et al. Loss of p16Ink4a with retention of p19Arf predisposes mice to tumorigenesis. Nature. 2001;413(6851):86-91.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Leleux B, van Swaay H, Megally E. Private Equity 4.0. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd; 2015.
An edited book
Gkonou C, Tatzl D, Mercer S, eds. New Directions in Language Learning Psychology. Springer International Publishing; 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
Traest P, Gombeer T. The Autonomy of Defense and Defense Counsel. In: Sellers M, ed. Autonomy: In the Law. Comparative Perspectives on Law and Justice. Springer Netherlands; 2008:97-139.

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 Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing.

Blog post
Luntz S. Giant Dinosaurs’ Arrival In Australia Suggests A Period Of Antarctic Warming. IFLScience. Published October 20, 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. GSA’s Effort to Develop Year 2000 Business Continuity and Contingency Plans for Telecommunications Systems. U.S. Government Printing Office; 1999.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Seefried VI. Timely and Accurate Decision-Making during U.S. Public Health Emergencies: Incremental Dynamic Decision-Making (IDD) for Public Health Emergency Response. Doctoral dissertation. George Washington University; 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
(nyt) SK. World Briefing | Europe: Russia: Weapons Found Near Vnukovo Airport. New York Times. June 7, 2002:A6.

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 titleExplore: The Journal of Science and Healing
AbbreviationExplore (NY)
ISSN (print)1550-8307
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