How to format your references using the Quality of Life Research citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Quality of Life Research. 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
Sampat, B. N. (2010). Lessons from Bayh-Dole. Nature, 468(7325), 755–756.
A journal article with 2 authors
Camacho, J., & Arenas, A. (2005). Food-web topology: universal scaling in food-web structure? Nature, 435(7044), E3-4; discussion E4.
A journal article with 3 authors
Tosca, N. J., Knoll, A. H., & McLennan, S. M. (2008). Water activity and the challenge for life on early Mars. Science (New York, N.Y.), 320(5880), 1204–1207.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Shi, Y., Huang, J.-K., Jin, L., Hsu, Y.-T., Yu, S. F., Li, L.-J., & Yang, H. Y. (2013). Selective decoration of Au nanoparticles on monolayer MoS2 single crystals. Scientific reports, 3, 1839.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Huzurbazar, A. V. (2004). Flowgraph Models for Multistate Time-to-Event Data: Huzurbazar/Flowgraph Models. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Aalst, W. M. P. van der, Benatallah, B., Casati, F., & Curbera, F. (Eds.). (2005). Business Process Management: 3rd International Conference, BPM 2005, Nancy, France, September 5-8, 2005. Proceedings (Vol. 3649). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Ghanem, S. A. M., & Ara, M. (2013). The MAC Poisson Channel: Capacity and Optimal Power Allocation. In H. K. Kim, S.-I. Ao, & B. B. Rieger (Eds.), IAENG Transactions on Engineering Technologies: Special Edition of the World Congress on Engineering and Computer Science 2011 (pp. 45–60). Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.

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 Quality of Life Research.

Blog post
Carpineti, A. (2017, May 11). Planetary Harmony Keeps The Trappist-1 System Intact. IFLScience. IFLScience. Retrieved October 30, 2018, from


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. (1980). Spending Grant Funds More Efficiently Could Save Millions (No. PSAD-80-58). 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
Bujarbarua, V. (2015). Production Optimization Using an In-Situ Steam Generator in a Rejuvenated Heavy Oil Field (Doctoral dissertation). University of Louisiana, Lafayette, LA.

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
Nir, S. M., & Surico, J. (2017, October 24). Three Shots and an Officer Down: Gripping Testimony in Queens. New York Times, p. A21.

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 titleQuality of Life Research
AbbreviationQual. Life Res.
ISSN (print)0962-9343
ISSN (online)1573-2649
ScopePublic Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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