How to format your references using the One Health citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for One Health. 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
R. Highfield, ESSAYS ON SCIENCE AND SOCIETY: Selling Science to the Public, Science. 289 (2000) 59.
A journal article with 2 authors
R. Kiani, M.N. Shadlen, Representation of confidence associated with a decision by neurons in the parietal cortex, Science. 324 (2009) 759–764.
A journal article with 3 authors
D.J. Lohman, D. Bickford, N.S. Sodhi, Environment. The burning issue, Science. 316 (2007) 376.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
C.R. Galiveti, C.A. Raabe, Z. Konthur, T.S. Rozhdestvensky, Differential regulation of non-protein coding RNAs from Prader-Willi Syndrome locus, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 6445.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Center for Chemical Process Safety, Guidelines for Defining Process Safety Competency Requirements, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2015.
An edited book
A. Amara, O. Rozeau, eds., Planar Double-Gate Transistor: From Technology to Circuit, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2009.
A chapter in an edited book
M. Drescher, L.J. Buse, A.H. Perera, M.R. Ouellette, Eliciting Expert Knowledge of Forest Succession Using an Innovative Software Tool, in: A.H. Perera, C.A. Drew, C.J. Johnson (Eds.), Expert Knowledge and Its Application in Landscape Ecology, Springer, New York, NY, 2012: pp. 69–85.

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 One Health.

Blog post
E. Andrew, 3-D Printing Gives Helping Hand for Children, IFLScience. (2013). (accessed October 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, Administration of Federal Support of Shore Facilities and Vessels for Research Activities at Oceanographic Institutions, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1970.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
C.A. Smith, Teacher and Student Perceptions of Bullying at Leclaire School, Doctoral dissertation, Southern Illinois University, 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
K. Feeney, Falafel, Panini Style, New York Times. (2007) NJ12.

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 titleOne Health
AbbreviationOne Health
ISSN (print)2352-7714

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