How to format your references using the Human Resources for Health citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Human Resources for Health. 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
1. Schneider R. Climate science: Sea levels from ancient seashells. Nature. 2014;508:465–6.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. Cook-Deegan RM, McCormack SJ. Intellectual property. Patents, secrecy, and DNA. Science. 2001;293:217.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. Finkel T, Serrano M, Blasco MA. The common biology of cancer and ageing. Nature. 2007;448:767–74.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
1. Johnston DT, Wing BA, Farquhar J, Kaufman AJ, Strauss H, Lyons TW, et al. Active microbial sulfur disproportionation in the Mesoproterozoic. Science. 2005;310:1477–9.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. McLean D. Understanding Aerodynamics. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd; 2012.
An edited book
1. Komorowski J, editor. ICAF 2011 Structural Integrity: Influence of Efficiency and Green Imperatives: Proceedings of the 26th Symposium of the International Committee on Aeronautical Fatigue, Montreal, Canada, 1-3 June 2011. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands; 2011.
A chapter in an edited book
1. Scott-Conner CEH, Chassin JL. Dissecting and Suturing. In: Scott-Conner CEH, editor. Chassin’s Operative Strategy in General Surgery: An Expositive Atlas. New York, NY: Springer; 2014. p. 27–37.

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 Resources for Health.

Blog post
1. Andrew E. Second Set of Vocal Cords Discovered in Koalas [Internet]. IFLScience. IFLScience; 2013 [cited 2018 Oct 30]. Available from: https://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/second-set-vocal-cords-discovered-koalas/

Reports

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
1. Government Accountability Office. Special Education: Additional Assistance and Better Coordination Needed among Education Offices to Help States Meet the NCLBA Teacher Requirements. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 2004 Jul. Report No.: GAO-04-659.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1. Reese SR. Transitioning to the oboe: Methods and resources to assist in switching to the oboe from other woodwind instruments [Doctoral dissertation]. [Long Beach, CA]: California State University, Long Beach; 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
1. Marx L. They Help Each Other and Their Country. New York Times. 2015 Nov 1;ST14.

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 Resources for Health
AbbreviationHum. Resour. Health
ISSN (online)1478-4491
ScopePublic Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
Public Administration

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