How to format your references using the Human Studies citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Human Studies. 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
Roos, D. S. (2005). Genetics. Themes and variations in apicomplexan parasite biology. Science (New York, N.Y.), 309(5731), 72–73.
A journal article with 2 authors
Jin, H.-J., & Weissmüller, J. (2011). A material with electrically tunable strength and flow stress. Science (New York, N.Y.), 332(6034), 1179–1182.
A journal article with 3 authors
Kalokairinou, L., Howard, H. C., & Borry, P. (2014). Science and Regulation. Changes on the horizon for consumer genomics in the EU. Science (New York, N.Y.), 346(6207), 296–298.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Chow, D., He, X., Snow, A. L., Rose-John, S., & Garcia, K. C. (2001). Structure of an extracellular gp130 cytokine receptor signaling complex. Science (New York, N.Y.), 291(5511), 2150–2155.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Mashadi, B., & Crolla, D. (2012). Vehicle Powertrain Systems. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Lipman, J. (2009). Foundations of Grothendieck Duality for Diagrams of Schemes. (M. Hashimoto, Ed.) (Vol. 1960). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Darchini-Maragheh, E., Blain, P. G., & Balali-Mood, M. (2015). Delayed Complications and Long-Term Effects of SM Poisonings: Experience of Iran-Iraq War. In M. Balali-Mood & M. Abdollahi (Eds.), Basic and Clinical Toxicology of Mustard Compounds (pp. 101–134). Cham: Springer International Publishing.

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 Studies.

Blog post
Carpineti, A. (2016, June 21). A Potential Answer To Why Life Needs Water. IFLScience. IFLScience. Accessed 30 October 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. (1986). Telephone Communications: Bell Operating Company Entry Into New Lines of Business (No. RCED-86-138). 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
Williams-Newball, T. I. (2014). Domain, Community and Practice: An Empirical Investigation of the Relationship Between Communities of Practice and Professional Identity Among Veterinarians (Doctoral dissertation). George Washington University, Washington, DC.

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
Saslow, L. (2006, December 3). 13 Hospitals to Remove Trans Fats From Meals. New York Times, p. 14LI2.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Roos 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Jin and Weissmüller 2011; Roos 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Jin and Weissmüller 2011)
  • Three or more authors: (Chow et al. 2001)

About the journal

Full journal titleHuman Studies
AbbreviationHum. Stud.
ISSN (print)0163-8548
ISSN (online)1572-851X
Sociology and Political Science

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