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]
Pleasants S. Epidemiology: a moving target. Nature 2014;515:S2-3.
A journal article with 2 authors
[1]
Bland-Hawthorn J, Peebles PJE. Astronomy. Near-field cosmology. Science 2006;313:311–2.
A journal article with 3 authors
[1]
Merico A, Tyrrell T, Wilson PA. Eocene/Oligocene ocean de-acidification linked to Antarctic glaciation by sea-level fall. Nature 2008;452:979–82.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
[1]
Syntichaki P, Xu K, Driscoll M, Tavernarakis N. Specific aspartyl and calpain proteases are required for neurodegeneration in C. elegans. Nature 2002;419:939–44.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
[1]
Wood T, Anderson M, Analytics F. The Commercial Real Estate Tsunami. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2010.
An edited book
[1]
Maggino F, Nuvolati G, editors. Quality of life in Italy: Research and Reflections. vol. 48. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands; 2012.
A chapter in an edited book
[1]
Weir T, Orcherton D. Climate Change Issues on the Pacific Islands: An Overview. In: Leal Filho W, Mannke F, Mohee R, Schulte V, Surroop D, editors. Climate-Smart Technologies: Integrating Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in Mitigation and Adaptation Responses, Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2013, p. 51–64.

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]
Taub B. Scientists Are Trying To Figure Out What The “Spirit Molecule” Does. IFLScience 2015.

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. Federal Communications Commission: Regulatory Fee Process Needs to Be Updated. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 2012.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
[1]
Moshfegh N. The multidimensional wellbeing assessment: Preliminary validation in an Iranian sample. Doctoral dissertation. Pepperdine University, 2014.

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]
Vecsey G. At the Stadium, a Parade of Respect. New York Times 2011:D6.

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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