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]
El-Azab A. Materials science. The statistical mechanics of strain-hardened metals. Science 2008;320:1729–30.
A journal article with 2 authors
[1]
Kuncel NR, Hezlett SA. Assessment. Standardized tests predict graduate students’ success. Science 2007;315:1080–1.
A journal article with 3 authors
[1]
Waghmare PR, Gunda NSK, Mitra SK. Under-water superoleophobicity of fish scales. Sci Rep 2014;4:7454.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
[1]
Takahashi R-U, Takeshita F, Honma K, Ono M, Kato K, Ochiya T. Ribophorin II regulates breast tumor initiation and metastasis through the functional suppression of GSK3β. Sci Rep 2013;3:2474.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
[1]
Wang L, Tan KC. Modern Industrial Automation Software Design. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2005.
An edited book
[1]
Di Marino V. The Amygdaloid Nuclear Complex: Anatomic Study of the Human Amygdala. 1st ed. 2016. Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
[1]
Herrero-Senés J. Mediterranean Crossroads: The Spanish University Cruise, 1933. In: Goldwyn AJ, Silverman RM, editors. Mediterranean Modernism: Intercultural Exchange and Aesthetic Development, New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan US; 2016, p. 73–96.

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. Understanding The Environmental Impact of Solar Parks. IFLScience 2016. https://www.iflscience.com/environment/understanding-the-environmental-impact-of-solar-parks/ (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. Aviation Security: Better Planning Needed to Optimize Deployment of Checked Baggage Screening Systems. 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]
Errett R. Acid Mine Drainage In The Big Muddy River Watershed. Doctoral dissertation. Southern Illinois 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]
Kenigsberg B. Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry. New York Times 2017:C8.

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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