How to format your references using the Human Immunology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Human Immunology. 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
J.E. Geach, Galaxy formation: When the wind blows, Nature. 519 (2015) 423–424.
A journal article with 2 authors
S.G. Yelenik, C.M. D’Antonio, Self-reinforcing impacts of plant invasions change over time, Nature. 503 (2013) 517–520.
A journal article with 3 authors
D.W. Keith, E. Parson, M.G. Morgan, Research on global sun block needed now, Nature. 463 (2010) 426–427.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
J.H. Shin, S.-H. Min, S.-J. Kim, Y.-I. Kim, J. Park, H.K. Lee, O.J. Yoo, TAK1 regulates autophagic cell death by suppressing the phosphorylation of p70 S6 kinase 1, Sci. Rep. 3 (2013) 1561.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
K. Dowd, Measuring Market Risk, John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Oxford, UK, 2005.
An edited book
T. Poibeau, H. Saggion, J. Piskorski, R. Yangarber, eds., Multi-source, Multilingual Information Extraction and Summarization, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
J. Zhang, H. Ma, X. Wang, Green Growth of the Secondary Industry, in: X. Li, J. Pan (Eds.), China Green Development Index Report 2011, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2013: pp. 79–103.

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 Human Immunology.

Blog post
J. Fang, Simple Memory Test Could Offer Hints of Alzheimer’s 18 Years Before Diagnosis, IFLScience. (2015).


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, Customs Service Modernization: Strategic Information Management Must Be Improved for National Automation Program to Succeed, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1996.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
S. Dunbar, Sideshow: An alluring dichotomy of illusion and humanity, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 2013.

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
G. Vecsey, After Long Hours, the Red Sox Keep a Slim Lead, New York Times. (2011) D7.

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 titleHuman Immunology
AbbreviationHum. Immunol.
ISSN (print)0198-8859
General Medicine
Immunology and Allergy

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