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
Kentsis, A. (2006) ‘Correspondence patterns: mechanisms and models of human dynamics’, Nature 441: E5; discussion E5-6.
A journal article with 2 authors
Bayraktar, O. A. and Doe, C. Q. (2013) ‘Combinatorial temporal patterning in progenitors expands neural diversity’, Nature 498: 449–55.
A journal article with 3 authors
del Campo, A., Goold, J. and Paternostro, M. (2014) ‘More bang for your buck: super-adiabatic quantum engines’, Scientific reports 4: 6208.
A journal article with 6 or more authors
Kim, K. H., Yang, M., Cho, K. M., et al. (2013) ‘High quality reduced graphene oxide through repairing with multi-layered graphene ball nanostructures’, Scientific reports 3: 3251.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Weinberg, M. A. and Froum, S. J. (2012) The Dentist’s Drug and Prescription Guide. West Sussex, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.,.
An edited book
Sakata, T., ed. (2016) Applied Matrix and Tensor Variate Data Analysis. Tokyo: Springer Japan.
A chapter in an edited book
Analide, C., Abelha, A., Machado, J. and Neves, J. (2008) ‘An Agent Based Approach to the Selection Dilemma in CBR’, in C. Badica, G. Mangioni, V. Carchiolo and D. D. Burdescu (eds.) Intelligent Distributed Computing, Systems and Applications: Proceedings of the 2nd International Symposium on Intelligent Distributed Computing – IDC 2008, Catania, Italy, 2008. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, pp. 35–44.

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
Fang, J. (2015) Tiny Meat-Eating Dinosaur Discovered in Jurassic Welsh Rocks, 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 (1990) Shared Resources Project: Evaluation Report. 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
Lauterbach, J. R. (2017) ‘Golf in the Collective: Playing in Liminal Space’. Doctoral dissertation, Carpinteria, CA, Pacifica Graduate Institute.

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
Meier, A. and Musick, K. (2012) ‘Is the Family Dinner Overrated?’, New York Times, 1 July, page SR9.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Kentsis, 2006).
This sentence cites two references (Bayraktar and Doe, 2013; Kentsis, 2006).

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

  • Two authors: (Bayraktar and Doe, 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Kim et al., 2013)

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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