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
Wu, F. (2014) ‘Perspective: time to face the fungal threat’, Nature 516: S7.
A journal article with 2 authors
Chatterjee, S. and Grosshans, H. (2009) ‘Active turnover modulates mature microRNA activity in Caenorhabditis elegans’, Nature 461: 546–9.
A journal article with 3 authors
Gonzales, E. B., Kawate, T. and Gouaux, E. (2009) ‘Pore architecture and ion sites in acid-sensing ion channels and P2X receptors’, Nature 460: 599–604.
A journal article with 6 or more authors
Maule, C. F., Purucker, M. E., Olsen, N. and Mosegaard, K. (2005) ‘Heat flux anomalies in Antarctica revealed by satellite magnetic data’, Science (New York, N.Y.) 309: 464–7.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Matthews, C. (2012) Engineers’ Data Book. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Corbeil, D., ed. (2013) Prominin-1 (CD133): New Insights on Stem & Cancer Stem Cell Biology. New York, NY: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Müldner, T., Miziołek, J. K. and Corbin, T. (2015) ‘Permutation Based XML Compression’, in V. Monfort and K.-H. Krempels (eds.) Web Information Systems and Technologies: 10th International Conference, WEBIST 2014, Barcelona, Spain, April 3-5, 2014, Revised Selected Papers. Cham: Springer International Publishing, pp. 63–78.

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
Carpineti, A. (2016) Moon’s Crater Tell Us How Dangerous The Early Solar System Was, 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 (1980) Federal Agency Roles and Responsibilities for Emergency Communications Need Clarification. 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
Saha, P. (2008) ‘Application hardware-software co-design for reconfigurable computing systems’. Doctoral dissertation, Washington, DC, George Washington University.

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
Brantley, B. (2017) ‘A Souped-Up Revival Roars in London’, New York Times, 30 April, page C5.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Wu, 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Chatterjee and Grosshans, 2009; Wu, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Chatterjee and Grosshans, 2009)
  • Three or more authors: (Maule et al., 2005)

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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