How to format your references using the Labor History citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Labor History. 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
Gabbaï, François P. “Chemistry. Lewis Acids with a Difference.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 341, no. 6152 (September 20, 2013): 1348–49.
A journal article with 2 authors
Steinle, Alexander, and Adelheid Cerwenka. “Immunology. MULT1plying Cancer Immunity.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 348, no. 6230 (April 3, 2015): 45–46.
A journal article with 3 authors
Ahn, Yong-Yeol, James P. Bagrow, and Sune Lehmann. “Link Communities Reveal Multiscale Complexity in Networks.” Nature 466, no. 7307 (August 5, 2010): 761–64.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Lee, Young-Chul, Eonseon Jin, Seung Won Jung, Yeon-Mi Kim, Kwang Suk Chang, Ji-Won Yang, Si-Wouk Kim, Young-Ok Kim, and Hyun-Jae Shin. “Utilizing the Algicidal Activity of Aminoclay as a Practical Treatment for Toxic Red Tides.” Scientific Reports 3 (2013): 1292.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
McCurley, Loui. Professional Rope Access. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc, 2016.
An edited book
Yassine, Hussein, ed. Lipid Management: From Basics to Clinic. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2015.
A chapter in an edited book
Little, Andrew S., Pankaj A. Gore, Aneela Darbar, and Charles Teo. “Supraorbital Eyebrow Approach.” In Cranial, Craniofacial and Skull Base Surgery, edited by Paolo Cappabianca, Giorgio Iaconetta, and Luigi Califano, 27–38. Milano: Springer, 2010.

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 Labor History.

Blog post
Andrews, Robin. “Why Is The Giant’s Causeway Hexagonal?” IFLScience. IFLScience, October 15, 2015.


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. “Vulnerability of the Computer Society.” Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, November 2, 1976.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Obakhume, Dianne Adiezatu. “An Aftercare Program for Female Survivors of Domestic Abuse: A Grant Proposal.” Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 2013.

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
Leland, John. “New Rock Stars of Chess Riff, With a Whiff of Cold War Intrigue.” New York Times, November 27, 2016.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text

About the journal

Full journal titleLabor History
AbbreviationLabor Hist.
ISSN (print)0023-656X
ISSN (online)1469-9702
Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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