How to format your references using the International Journal of Mental Health Promotion citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for International Journal of Mental Health Promotion. 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
Gravitz, L. (2012). Vector control: The last bite. Nature, 484(7395), S26-7.
A journal article with 2 authors
Pera, M. F., & Tam, P. P. L. (2010). Extrinsic regulation of pluripotent stem cells. Nature, 465(7299), 713–720.
A journal article with 3 authors
Mulch, A., Graham, S. A., & Chamberlain, C. P. (2006). Hydrogen isotopes in Eocene river gravels and paleoelevation of the Sierra Nevada. Science (New York, N.Y.), 313(5783), 87–89.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Pradhan, A. K., Mundle, R. M., Santiago, K., Skuza, J. R., Xiao, B., Song, K. D., Bahoura, M., Cheaito, R., & Hopkins, P. E. (2014). Extreme tunability in aluminum doped zinc oxide plasmonic materials for near-infrared applications. Scientific Reports, 4, 6415.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Harrison, A. (2016). The Life of D. H. Lawrence. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Shi, Y., Wang, S., Peng, Y., Li, J., & Zeng, Y. (Eds.). (2009). Cutting-Edge Research Topics on Multiple Criteria Decision Making: 20th International Conference, MCDM 2009, Chengdu/Jiuzhaigou, China, June 21-26, 2009. Proceedings (Vol. 35). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Gonzalez, R. S., & Washington, K. (2016). Lobular Changes. In K. Washington (Ed.), Non-Neoplastic Liver Pathology: A Pathologist’s Survival Guide (pp. 27–36). 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 International Journal of Mental Health Promotion.

Blog post
Davis, J. (2017, January 9). Urbanization Is Driving Many Species To Evolve. IFLScience; IFLScience.


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. (1973). Independent Estimate of Total Annual Costs Associated With Government Owned and Used ADP Equipment (B-115369). 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
Alsubaihi, S. I. (2016). Challenges for women academic leaders to obtain senior leadership positions in higher education in Saudi Arabia [Doctoral dissertation]. Pepperdine University.

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
Lyman, R. (2017, July 22). Polish Parliament Acts to Upend Nation’s Courts. New York Times, A1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Gravitz, 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Gravitz, 2012; Pera & Tam, 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Pera & Tam, 2010)
  • Three authors: (Mulch et al., 2006)
  • 6 or more authors: (Pradhan et al., 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleInternational Journal of Mental Health Promotion
AbbreviationInt. J. Ment. Health Promot.
ISSN (print)1462-3730
ISSN (online)2049-8543
ScopeHealth Policy
Psychiatry and Mental health
Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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