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
B. Hansen, A bright future for dark matter, Nature. 403 (2000) 30–31.
A journal article with 2 authors
H.S. Chung, W.A. Eaton, Single-molecule fluorescence probes dynamics of barrier crossing, Nature. 502 (2013) 685–688.
A journal article with 3 authors
T. Akihiko, Y. Morioka, S.K. Behera, Role of climate variability in the heatstroke death rates of Kanto region in Japan, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 5655.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
N. Dominici, Y.P. Ivanenko, G. Cappellini, A. d’Avella, V. Mondì, M. Cicchese, A. Fabiano, T. Silei, A. Di Paolo, C. Giannini, R.E. Poppele, F. Lacquaniti, Locomotor primitives in newborn babies and their development, Science. 334 (2011) 997–999.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
T.K. Hyatt, B.R. Hopkins, The Law of Tax-Exempt Healthcare Organizations, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2013.
An edited book
F.V. Fomin, R. Freivalds, M. Kwiatkowska, D. Peleg, eds., Automata, Languages, and Programming: 40th International Colloquium, ICALP 2013, Riga, Latvia, July 8-12, 2013, Proceedings, Part I, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
H.D. Espinosa, In-Situ Electron Microscopy Testing of Nanostructures, in: E.E. Gdoutos (Ed.), Experimental Analysis of Nano and Engineering Materials and Structures: Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Experimental Mechanics, Alexandroupolis, Greece, July 1–6, 2007, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2007: pp. 9–10.

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, Newly discovered hand bone bridges important gap of human evolution, 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, NASA: Briefing on National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Programs and Associated Activities, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2009.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
R. Marmolejo, Drop-in center for homeless veteran families: 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
L. Greenhouse, Justices Reject Suit on Federal Money for Faith-Based Office, New York Times. (2007) A18.

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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