How to format your references using the Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. 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
1. Michael HA. Geochemistry. An arsenic forecast for China. Science. 2013;341:852–3.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. Duchek P, Rørth P. Guidance of cell migration by EGF receptor signaling during Drosophila oogenesis. Science. 2001;291:131–3.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. Hernández JV, Kay ER, Leigh DA. A reversible synthetic rotary molecular motor. Science. 2004;306:1532–7.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
1. Bi K, Guo Y, Zhou J, Dong G, Zhao H, Zhao Q, et al. Negative and near zero refraction metamaterials based on permanent magnetic ferrites. Sci Rep. 2014;4:4139.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. Kracke E-A, Lodde K. Leitfaden Straßenbrücken. Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA; 2011.
An edited book
1. Cao L. Domain Driven Data Mining. First. Yu PS, Zhang C, Zhao Y, editors. Boston, MA: Springer US; 2010.
A chapter in an edited book
1. Elliott TR. Education and Support Programs for Family Caregivers: Current Practices Across Health-Care Scenarios. In: Toseland RW, Haigler DH, Monahan DJ, editors. Education and Support Programs for Caregivers: Research, Practice, Policy. New York, NY: Springer; 2011. p. 45–57.

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 Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities.

Blog post
1. Fang J. What’s Happening To The Flowers At Fukushima? [Internet]. IFLScience. IFLScience; 2015 [cited 2018 Oct 30]. Available from:


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. Technology Development: New DOD Space Science and Technology Strategy Provides Basis for Optimizing Investments, but Future Versions Need to Be More Robust. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 2005 Jan. Report No.: GAO-05-155.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1. Amanoua KP. Langue et identité dans les milieux populaires québécois et antillais [Doctoral dissertation]. [ Lafayette, LA]: University of Louisiana; 2014.

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. Cooper M. More Slamming Door! More Slamming Door! New York Times. 2017 Oct 24;C4.

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 titleJournal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities
AbbreviationJ. Racial Ethn. Health Disparities
ISSN (print)2197-3792
ISSN (online)2196-8837
ScopeHealth Policy
Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
Health(social science)
Sociology and Political Science

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