How to format your references using the Reproductive Health citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Reproductive Health. 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
1. de Gennes PG. Ultradivided matter. Nature. 2001;412:385.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. Harvey CD, Svoboda K. Locally dynamic synaptic learning rules in pyramidal neuron dendrites. Nature. 2007;450:1195–200.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. Betrouche M, Maamache M, Choi JR. Novel characteristics of energy spectrum for 3D Dirac oscillator analyzed via Lorentz covariant deformed algebra. Sci Rep. 2013;3:3221.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
1. Sluijs A, Brinkhuis H, Schouten S, Bohaty SM, John CM, Zachos JC, et al. Environmental precursors to rapid light carbon injection at the Palaeocene/Eocene boundary. Nature. 2007;450:1218–21.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. Curtis PM. Maintaining Mission Critical Systems in a 24/7 Environment. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2011.
An edited book
1. Errami E, Brocx M, Semeniuk V, editors. From Geoheritage to Geoparks: Case Studies from Africa and Beyond. Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2015.
A chapter in an edited book
1. Proudler G, Chen L, Dalton C. TPM2 Requirements. In: Chen L, Dalton C, editors. Trusted Computing Platforms: TPM20 in Context. Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2014. p. 131–50.

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 Reproductive Health.

Blog post
1. Andrew E. The Leidenfrost Effect Can Make Water Flow Uphill [Internet]. IFLScience. IFLScience; 2014 [cited 2018 Oct 30]. Available from: https://www.iflscience.com/physics/leidenfrost-effect-can-make-water-flow-uphill/

Reports

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
1. Government Accountability Office. Privatization of Federal Aviation Administration Functions. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1987 Dec. Report No.: T-RCED-88-11.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1. Milner M. An evaluation of the influence of case method instruction on the reflective thinking of MSW students [Doctoral dissertation]. [Tampa, FL]: University of South Florida; 2009.

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
1. Crow K. A New 92nd Street Y? Almost. New York Times. 2002 Oct 6;144.

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 titleReproductive Health
AbbreviationReprod. Health
ISSN (online)1742-4755
ScopeObstetrics and Gynaecology
Reproductive Medicine

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