How to format your references using the Health policy citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Health policy. 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
[1]
Kramers J. Geology. The smile of the Cheshire cat. Science 2001;293:619–20.
A journal article with 2 authors
[1]
Stephens BB, Keeling RF. The influence of Antarctic sea ice on glacial-interglacial CO2 variations. Nature 2000;404:171–4.
A journal article with 3 authors
[1]
Zhou H, Guan H, Chi B. Record of winter monsoon strength. Nature 2007;450:E10-1; discussion E11.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
[1]
Dumont S, Cheng W, Serebrov V, Beran RK, Tinoco I Jr, Pyle AM, et al. RNA translocation and unwinding mechanism of HCV NS3 helicase and its coordination by ATP. Nature 2006;439:105–8.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
[1]
Battu D. New Telecom Networks. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2014.
An edited book
[1]
Mao Q. Control of Noise and Structural Vibration: A MATLAB®-Based Approach. London: Springer; 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
[1]
Mišćenić E. Legal Translation vs. Legal Certainty in EU Law. In: Mišćenić E, Raccah A, editors. Legal Risks in EU Law: Interdisciplinary Studies on Legal Risk Management and Better Regulation in Europe, Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2016, p. 87–107.

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 policy.

Blog post
[1]
Carpineti A. NASA Probes Reveal Current In Earth’s Radiation Belts Is Not As Expected. IFLScience 2016. https://www.iflscience.com/space/nasas-probes-show-space-ring-current-not-expected/ (accessed October 30, 2018).

Reports

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
[1]
Government Accountability Office. Transportation Security Administration: More Clarity on the Authority of Federal Security Directors Is Needed. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 2005.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
[1]
Watson KL. Putting together the pieces of a social cognition deficit: A retrospective case study. 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
[1]
Higgins A. Trump’s Putin: Strength Seen as Top Virtue. New York Times 2016:A1.

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 titleHealth policy
AbbreviationHealth Policy
ISSN (print)0168-8510
ScopeHealth Policy

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