How to format your references using the Public Health Nutrition citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Public Health Nutrition. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
Ratner M (2000) Pushing electrons around. Nature 404, 137–138.
A journal article with 2 authors
McFarland EW & Tang J (2003) A photovoltaic device structure based on internal electron emission. Nature 421, 616–618.
A journal article with 3 authors
Sakuda A, Hayashi A & Tatsumisago M (2013) Sulfide solid electrolyte with favorable mechanical property for all-solid-state lithium battery. Sci. Rep. 3, 2261.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Antkowiak M, Torres-Mapa ML, Witts EC, et al. (2013) Fast targeted gene transfection and optogenetic modification of single neurons using femtosecond laser irradiation. Sci. Rep. 3, 3281.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Funk W, Dammann V, Donnevert G, et al. (2006) Quality Assurance in Analytical Chemistry. Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
An edited book
Chen H (2010) Infectious Disease Informatics: Syndromic Surveillance for Public Health and BioDefense. vol. 21 [Zeng D, Yan P, editors]. Boston, MA: Springer US.
A chapter in an edited book
Christofferson MS (2016) “The Best Help I Could Find to Understand Our Present”: François Furet’s Antirevolutionary Reading of Tocqueville’s Democracy in America. In In Search of the Liberal Moment: Democracy, Anti-totalitarianism, and Intellectual Politics in France since 1950, pp. 85–109 [Sawyer SW, Stewart I, editors]. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan US.

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 Public Health Nutrition.

Blog post
Fang J (2014) Fistfights May Have Shaped the Faces of Our Ancestors. IFLScience. IFLScience; (accessed October 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 (2004) Coast Guard Programs: Relationship between Resources Used and Results Achieved Needs to Be Clearer. 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
Baldasaro RE (2013) Person level analysis in latent growth curve models. Doctoral dissertation, University of North Carolina.

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
Moschen I (2013) The Two-Wheeled Amenity. New York Times, RE8.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in parentheses:

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 titlePublic Health Nutrition
AbbreviationPublic Health Nutr.
ISSN (print)1368-9800
ISSN (online)1475-2727
ScopeMedicine (miscellaneous)
Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
Nutrition and Dietetics

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