How to format your references using the Humanities citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Humanities. 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
Held, I. Climate change. Simplicity amid complexity. Science 2014, 343, 1206–1207.
A journal article with 2 authors
Yau, S.T.; Vekilov, P.G. Quasi-planar nucleus structure in apoferritin crystallization. Nature 2000, 406, 494–497.
A journal article with 3 authors
Inaba, M.; Yamanaka, H.; Kondo, S. Pigment pattern formation by contact-dependent depolarization. Science 2012, 335, 677.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Noh, J.-K.; Kim, S.; Kim, H.; Choi, W.; Chang, W.; Byun, D.; Cho, B.-W.; Chung, K.Y. Mechanochemical synthesis of Li₂MnO₃ shell/LiMO₂ (M = Ni, Co, Mn) core-structured nanocomposites for lithium-ion batteries. Sci. Rep. 2014, 4, 4847.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Sailor, M.J. Porous Silicon in Practice; Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA: Weinheim, Germany, 2011; ISBN 9783527641901.
An edited book
Essentials of Orthopedic Surgery; Wiesel, S.W., Delahay, J.N., Eds.; 4th ed.; Springer: New York, NY, 2011; ISBN 9781441913883.
A chapter in an edited book
Thakuriah, P.; Geers, D.G. Conclusions. In Transportation and Information: Trends in Technology and Policy; Geers, D.G., Ed.; SpringerBriefs in Computer Science; Springer: New York, NY, 2013; pp. 97–101 ISBN 9781461471288.

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 Humanities.

Blog post
Andrew, D. 11 Key Findings From One Of The Most Comprehensive Reports Ever On The Health Effects Of Marijuana Available online: (accessed on Oct 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 State Department: The July 2006 Evacuation of American Citizens from Lebanon; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 2007;

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Graeter, C.J. Longitudinal Study of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Subjects in the American Clinical Trial of Enzyme Potentiated Desensitization. Doctoral dissertation, University of Cincinnati: Cincinnati, OH, 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
Kelly, M. And on Kohl’s Agenda (or Was It Menu?). New York Times 1993, 14.

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 titleHumanities
ISSN (online)2076-0787

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