How to format your references using the Health Professions Education citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Health Professions Education. 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
Harra LK. Astronomy. Looking closer at the Sun. Science. 2014;346(6207):305-306.
A journal article with 2 authors
Salichos L, Rokas A. Inferring ancient divergences requires genes with strong phylogenetic signals. Nature. 2013;497(7449):327-331.
A journal article with 3 authors
Mohanan JL, Arachchige IU, Brock SL. Porous semiconductor chalcogenide aerogels. Science. 2005;307(5708):397-400.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Xing G-F, Wang X-L, Wan Y, et al. Diversity in early crustal evolution: 4100 Ma zircons in the Cathaysia Block of southern China. Sci Rep. 2014;4:5143.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Hochstadt H. Integral Equations. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 1988.
An edited book
Bujalance E. Symmetries of Compact Riemann Surfaces. Vol 2007. (Cirre FJ, Gamboa JM, Gromadzki G, eds.). Springer; 2010.
A chapter in an edited book
Li SE, Deng K. Recent Advances in Nonsingular Terminal Sliding Mode Control Method. In: Liu L, Zhu Q, Cheng L, Wang Y, Zhao D, eds. Applied Methods and Techniques for Mechatronic Systems: Modelling, Identification and Control. Lecture Notes in Control and Information Sciences. Springer; 2014:79-97.

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 Professions Education.

Blog post
Hale T. The EU Wants To Make All Scientific Papers Free To Access By 2020. IFLScience. Published June 1, 2016. Accessed October 30, 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. Safe Routes to School: Progress in Implementing the Program, but a Comprehensive Plan to Evaluate Program Outcomes Is Needed. U.S. Government Printing Office; 2008.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Jordan EA. The semiconductor industry and emerging technologies: A study using a modified Delphi method. Published online 2010.

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
Feeney K. Cafeteria Fare, Korean-Style. New York Times. April 18, 2010:NJ8.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in superscript:

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 Professions Education
AbbreviationHealth Prof. Educ.
ISSN (print)2452-3011
ScopeGeneral Medicine
General Nursing

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