How to format your references using the Global Public Health citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Global 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
Berg, J. M. (2012). Science policy: Well-funded investigators should receive extra scrutiny. Nature, 489(7415), 203.
A journal article with 2 authors
Roediger, H. L., 3rd, & DeSoto, K. A. (2014). Cognitive psychology. Forgetting the presidents. Science (New York, N.Y.), 346(6213), 1106–1109.
A journal article with 3 authors
Santra, M. K., Wajapeyee, N., & Green, M. R. (2009). F-box protein FBXO31 mediates cyclin D1 degradation to induce G1 arrest after DNA damage. Nature, 459(7247), 722–725.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Deng, H.-X., Chen, W., Hong, S.-T., Boycott, K. M., Gorrie, G. H., Siddique, N., Yang, Y., Fecto, F., Shi, Y., Zhai, H., Jiang, H., Hirano, M., Rampersaud, E., Jansen, G. H., Donkervoort, S., Bigio, E. H., Brooks, B. R., Ajroud, K., Sufit, R. L., … Siddique, T. (2011). Mutations in UBQLN2 cause dominant X-linked juvenile and adult-onset ALS and ALS/dementia. Nature, 477(7363), 211–215.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Laycock, J., & Meeran, K. (2012). Integrated Endocrinology. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Othieno, H. (2016). Energy Resources in Africa: Distribution, Opportunities and Challenges (J. Awange, Ed.). Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Henning, M. A., & Yeo, A. (2013). Total Domination in Trees. In A. Yeo (Ed.), Total Domination in Graphs (pp. 31–38). 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 Global Public Health.

Blog post
Andrews, R. (2016, June 20). Robot Makes Dramatic Break For Freedom From Russian Facility. IFLScience; IFLScience.


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. (2001). Research and Development Funding: Reported Gap Between Data From Federal Agencies and Their R&D Performers Results From Noncomparable Data (GAO-01-512R). 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
Gilman, D. G. (2013). Comparative analysis of corporate culture in a multinational organization [Doctoral dissertation]. Pepperdine University.

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
Yee, V. (2014, March 25). Closing on Short Notice, Brooklyn Assisted-Living Home Angers Families. New York Times, A20.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Berg, 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Berg, 2012; Roediger & DeSoto, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Roediger & DeSoto, 2014)
  • Three authors: (Santra et al., 2009)
  • 6 or more authors: (Deng et al., 2011)

About the journal

Full journal titleGlobal Public Health
AbbreviationGlob. Public Health
ISSN (print)1744-1692
ISSN (online)1744-1706
ScopePublic Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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