How to format your references using the Health Economics, Policy and Law citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Health Economics, Policy and Law. 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
Kenyon, G. (2001), ‘Major UK cancer research charities to consider merger’, Nature, 409(6816): 4.
A journal article with 2 authors
Hunt, J. H. and Amdam, G. V. (2005), ‘Bivoltinism as an antecedent to eusociality in the paper wasp genus Polistes’, Science (New York, N.Y.), 308(5719): 264–267.
A journal article with 3 authors
Sakakura, A., Ukai, A. and Ishihara, K. (2007), ‘Enantioselective halocyclization of polyprenoids induced by nucleophilic phosphoramidites’, Nature, 445(7130): 900–903.
A journal article with 10 or more authors
Iwashita, T., Kruger, G. M., Pardal, R., Kiel, M. J. and Morrison, S. J. (2003), ‘Hirschsprung disease is linked to defects in neural crest stem cell function’, Science (New York, N.Y.), 301(5635): 972–976.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kamso, N. and Ng, T. M. (2013), Investing in Islamic Funds. Singapore Pte. Ltd.: John Wiley & Sons.
An edited book
Moed, H. F., Glänzel, W. and Schmoch, U., eds (2005), Handbook of Quantitative Science and Technology Research: The Use of Publication and Patent Statistics in Studies of S&T Systems. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Offenberg, A. K. (2007), ‘The Riddle of the Baskets of 1726’, in M. F. J. Baasten and R. Munk (eds), Studies in Hebrew Literature and Jewish Culture: Presented to Albert van der Heide on the Occasion of his Sixty-Fifth Birthday. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands, 57–80.

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 Health Economics, Policy and Law.

Blog post
Hale, T. (2017), ‘Sex Toys Contain Less Dangerous Chemicals Than Children’s Toys’, IFLScience. IFLScience. [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 (2013), Spectrum Management: Further Consideration of Options to Improve Receiver Performance Needed. 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
Bannister, R. M. (2017), ‘To What Extent Are the Grade Configurations of Middle/High Schools and High Schools Related to Student Engagement?’ Doctoral dissertation, Washington, DC, George Washington 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
Vecsey, G. (2011), ‘A Miserable Month in the World of Sports’, New York Times, 11 December, SP9.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Kenyon, 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Hunt and Amdam, 2005; Kenyon, 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Hunt and Amdam, 2005)
  • Three or more authors: (Iwashita et al., 2003)

About the journal

Full journal titleHealth Economics, Policy and Law
AbbreviationHealth Econ. Policy Law
ISSN (print)1744-1331
ISSN (online)1744-134X
ScopeHealth Policy

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