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
D. Rowe, Sustainability. Education for a sustainable future, Science. 317 (2007) 323–324.
A journal article with 2 authors
C. Moritz, R. Agudo, The future of species under climate change: resilience or decline?, Science. 341 (2013) 504–508.
A journal article with 3 authors
J.E. Lunshof, G.M. Church, B. Prainsack, Information access. Raw personal data: providing access, Science. 343 (2014) 373–374.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
F.J. Isaacs, P.A. Carr, H.H. Wang, M.J. Lajoie, B. Sterling, L. Kraal, A.C. Tolonen, T.A. Gianoulis, D.B. Goodman, N.B. Reppas, C.J. Emig, D. Bang, S.J. Hwang, M.C. Jewett, J.M. Jacobson, G.M. Church, Precise manipulation of chromosomes in vivo enables genome-wide codon replacement, Science. 333 (2011) 348–353.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
S.L. Horstmeyer, The Weather Almanac, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2011.
An edited book
H.G. Feichtinger, Pseudo-Differential Operators: Quantization and Signals, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2008.
A chapter in an edited book
E. Lavretsky, K.A. Wise, Frequency Domain Analysis, in: K.A. Wise (Ed.), Robust and Adaptive Control: With Aerospace Applications, Springer, London, 2013: pp. 97–160.

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
A. Carpineti, Astronomers Witness The Dying “Breath” Of A Giant Radio Galaxy, IFLScience. (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, Illegal Aliens: Assessing Estimates of Financial Burden on California, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1994.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
M.H. Randall, Information Technology Certification Programs and Perceptions of Attitude and Need by High School Principals, Information Technology Teachers, and Information Technology Professionals in Ohio, Doctoral dissertation, Ohio State University, 2006.

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
J. Wagner, The Mets’ Past Bonds With the Mets’ Future, New York Times. (2017) B11.

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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