How to format your references using the Operations Research for Health Care citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Operations Research for Health Care. 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
N. Sartorius, Short-lived campaigns are not enough, Nature. 468 (2010) 163–165.
A journal article with 2 authors
M. Qaim, D. Zilberman, Yield effects of genetically modified crops in developing countries, Science. 299 (2003) 900–902.
A journal article with 3 authors
C.K. Machens, R. Romo, C.D. Brody, Flexible control of mutual inhibition: a neural model of two-interval discrimination, Science. 307 (2005) 1121–1124.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Z. Su, L. Li, H. Peng, J. Kurths, J. Xiao, Y. Yang, Robustness of interrelated traffic networks to cascading failures, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 5413.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
B. Robertson, G.A. Vignaux, C.E.H. Berger, Interpreting Evidence, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2016.
An edited book
A.N. Popper, R.R. Fay, eds., Perspectives on Auditory Research, Springer, New York, NY, 2014.
A chapter in an edited book
K. Chatterjee, T.A. Henzinger, N. Piterman, Strategy Logic, in: L. Caires, V.T. Vasconcelos (Eds.), CONCUR 2007 – Concurrency Theory: 18th International Conference, CONCUR 2007, Lisbon, Portugal, September 3-8, 2007. Proceedings, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2007: pp. 59–73.

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 Operations Research for Health Care.

Blog post
R. Andrews, An “Emotional AI” Is Being Developed By A Team Of Russian Researchers, IFLScience. (2016). (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, National Airspace System: FAA’s Approach to Its New Communications System Appears Prudent, but Challenges Remain, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2002.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
B.S. Hardiman, Resilience of Forest Carbon Storage through Disturbance and Succession, Doctoral dissertation, Ohio State University, 2012.

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. Baker, How Powerful Is Your Workout?, New York Times. (2008) G9.

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 titleOperations Research for Health Care
AbbreviationOper. Res. Health Care
ISSN (print)2211-6923
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