How to format your references using the History of the Human Sciences citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for History of the Human Sciences. 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
Hamer, D. (2002) ‘Genetics. Rethinking behavior genetics’, Science (New York, N.Y.) 298: 71–2.
A journal article with 2 authors
Ghabrial, A. S. and Krasnow, M. A. (2006) ‘Social interactions among epithelial cells during tracheal branching morphogenesis’, Nature 441: 746–9.
A journal article with 3 authors
Hay Burgess, D. C., Wasserman, J. and Dahl, C. A. (2006) ‘Global health diagnostics’, Nature 444 Suppl 1: 1–2.
A journal article with 6 or more authors
Wang, L., Chen, X., Yu, A., et al. (2014) ‘Highly sensitive and wide-band tunable terahertz response of plasma waves based on graphene field effect transistors’, Scientific reports 4: 5470.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Lynn, P. A. (2010) Electricity from Sunlight. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Lio, P. A. (2015) Handbook of Integrative Dermatology: An Evidence-Based Approach. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Greiner, W. and Reinhardt, J. (2009) ‘The Scattering Matrix in Higher Orders’, in J. Reinhardt (ed.) Quantum Electrodynamics. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, pp. 255–328.

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 History of the Human Sciences.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015) How 3D Printing Helped Robots Tackle Their Greatest Obstacle: Stairs, IFLScience. IFLScience. Available at:


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 (2016) Management Agenda for the Presidential and Congressional Transition: Improve Federal Performance to Better Achieve Results. 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
Zepeda, S. (2012) ‘Housing First assertive community treatment program for adults with schizophrenia and co-occurring substance abuse: A grant proposal’. Doctoral dissertation, Long Beach, CA, California State University, Long Beach.

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
Kinsley, M. (2017) ‘Can There Be Nothing Good to Say?’, New York Times, 13 May, page SR2.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Hamer, 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Ghabrial and Krasnow, 2006; Hamer, 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Ghabrial and Krasnow, 2006)
  • Three or more authors: (Wang et al., 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleHistory of the Human Sciences
AbbreviationHist. Human Sci.
ISSN (print)0952-6951
ISSN (online)1461-720X
History and Philosophy of Science

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