How to format your references using the Human Pathology: Case Reports citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Human Pathology: Case Reports. 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.D. Franson, Physics. Beating classical computing without a quantum computer, Science. 339 (2013) 767–768.
A journal article with 2 authors
B.L. Levine, C.H. June, Perspective: assembly line immunotherapy, Nature. 498 (2013) S17.
A journal article with 3 authors
I. Lestas, G. Vinnicombe, J. Paulsson, Fundamental limits on the suppression of molecular fluctuations, Nature. 467 (2010) 174–178.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
D.L. Royer, S.L. Wing, D.J. Beerling, D.W. Jolley, P.L. Koch, L.J. Hickey, R.A. Berner, Paleobotanical evidence for near present-day levels of atmospheric Co2 during part of the tertiary, Science. 292 (2001) 2310–2313.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
J.S. Dacey, M.D. Mack, L.B. Fiore, Your Anxious Child, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2016.
An edited book
P. Zaraté, G.E. Kersten, J.E. Hernández, eds., Group Decision and Negotiation. A Process-Oriented View: Joint INFORMS-GDN and EWG-DSS International Conference, GDN 2014, Toulouse, France, June 10-13, 2014. Proceedings, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2014.
A chapter in an edited book
W. Singer, The Brain’s View of the World Depends on What it has to Know, in: A. Berthoz, Y. Christen (Eds.), Neurobiology of “Umwelt”: How Living Beings Perceive the World, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2009: pp. 39–52.

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 Pathology: Case Reports.

Blog post
J. Davis, World’s Oldest Water Discovered 3 Kilometers Underground, IFLScience. (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, Federal Research Grants: Maintaining Public Accountability Without Inhibiting Creative Research, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1979.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
B.L. Hurwitz, Viral community dynamics and functional specialization in the Pacific Ocean, Doctoral dissertation, University of Arizona, 2012.

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
J. Wagner, Reinvigorated Astros Finish a Sweep of the Mets, New York Times. (2017) D3.

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 Pathology: Case Reports
AbbreviationHum. Pathol. (N. Y.)
ISSN (print)2214-3300

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