How to format your references using the Mental Health & Prevention citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Mental Health & Prevention. 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
Anderson, D. L. (2001). Geophysics. Top-down tectonics? Science (New York, N.Y.), 293(5537), 2016–2018.
A journal article with 2 authors
Tao, Z.-Y., & Fan, Y.-X. (2014). Orthogonality breaking induces extraordinary single-mode transparency in an elaborate waveguide with wall corrugations. Scientific Reports, 4, 7092.
A journal article with 3 authors
Kim, V. N., Kataoka, N., & Dreyfuss, G. (2001). Role of the nonsense-mediated decay factor hUpf3 in the splicing-dependent exon-exon junction complex. Science (New York, N.Y.), 293(5536), 1832–1836.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Aubert, J., Amit, H., Hulot, G., & Olson, P. (2008). Thermochemical flows couple the Earth’s inner core growth to mantle heterogeneity. Nature, 454(7205), 758–761.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Horton, W. (2011). E-Learning by Design. San Francisco, CA, USA: Pfeiffer.
An edited book
Calvani, M., Cardinale, F., Martelli, A., Muraro, M. A., Pucci, N., & Savino, F. (Eds.). (2007). Anafilassi in pediatria. Milano: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Warth, R. J., & Millett, P. J. (2015). Rotator Cuff Disorders. In P. J. Millett (Ed.), Physical Examination of the Shoulder: An Evidence-Based Approach (pp. 77–108). New York, NY: Springer.

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 Mental Health & Prevention.

Blog post
Fang, J. (2014, August 19). Poachers Kill Up To 40,000 African Elephants A Year. Retrieved October 30, 2018, 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
Government Accountability Office. (1995). Airport Improvement Program: Update of Allocation of Funds and Passenger Facility Charges, 1992-94 (No. RCED-95-225FS). 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
Van Name, J. (2013). Boolean Partition Algebras (Doctoral dissertation). University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.

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
Gorman, J. (2017, May 29). An Eye for Beauty. New York Times, p. D1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Anderson, 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Anderson, 2001; Tao & Fan, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Tao & Fan, 2014)
  • Three authors: (Kim, Kataoka, & Dreyfuss, 2001)
  • 6 or more authors: (Aubert, Amit, Hulot, & Olson, 2008)

About the journal

Full journal titleMental Health & Prevention
AbbreviationMent. Health Prev.
ISSN (print)2212-6570
ScopePsychiatry and Mental health
Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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