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
Sumper, M. (2002). A phase separation model for the nanopatterning of diatom biosilica. Science (New York, N.Y.), 295(5564), 2430–2433.
A journal article with 2 authors
Bhosale, S. V., & Bhosale, S. V. (2013). Yoctowells as a simple model system for the encapsulation and controlled release of bioactive molecules. Scientific reports, 3, 1982.
A journal article with 3 authors
Kareiva, P., Chang, A., & Marvier, M. (2008). Environmental economics. Development and conservation goals in World Bank projects. Science (New York, N.Y.), 321(5896), 1638–1639.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Chan, A. W., Chong, K. Y., Martinovich, C., Simerly, C., & Schatten, G. (2001). Transgenic monkeys produced by retroviral gene transfer into mature oocytes. Science (New York, N.Y.), 291(5502), 309–312.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Naylor, W., Laverty, D., & Mallett, J. (2008). The Royal Marsden Hospital Handbook of Wound Management in Cancer Care. Oxford, UK: Blackwell Science Ltd.
An edited book
Castillo, O., Pedrycz, W., & Kacprzyk, J. (Eds.). (2009). Evolutionary Design of Intelligent Systems in Modeling, Simulation and Control (Vol. 257). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Foss, S., Korshunov, D., & Zachary, S. (2011). Maximum of Random Walk. In D. Korshunov & S. Zachary (Eds.), An Introduction to Heavy-Tailed and Subexponential Distributions (pp. 97–118). New York, NY: Springer.

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
Fang, J. (2016, May 5). Humans Evolved Faster Metabolism To Support Our Bigger Brains. 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. (1991). Federal Research: Status of DOE’s Superconducting Super Collider (No. RCED-91-116). 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
Ouyang, A. (2006). Embryonic Stem Cell Culture in Fibrous Bed Bioreactor (Doctoral dissertation). Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.

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
Marx, L. (2009, April 19). Christina Matthews, Benjamin Macfarland III. New York Times, p. ST11.

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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