How to format your references using the Value in Health Regional Issues citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Value in Health Regional Issues. 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
Prieto GA. Geophysics. Imaging the deep Earth. Science. 2012;338(6110):1037-1038.
A journal article with 2 authors
Toader O, John S. Proposed square spiral microfabrication architecture for large three-dimensional photonic band gap crystals. Science. 2001;292(5519):1133-1135.
A journal article with 3 authors
Alle H, Roth A, Geiger JRP. Energy-efficient action potentials in hippocampal mossy fibers. Science. 2009;325(5946):1405-1408.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Huang B, Wu H, Bhaya D, et al. Counting low-copy number proteins in a single cell. Science. 2007;315(5808):81-84.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Wang Z-G. Internal Combustion Processes of Liquid Rocket Engines. John Wiley & Sons Singapore Pte Ltd; 2016.
An edited book
MacFarlane D, ed. Skin Cancer Management: A Practical Approach. Springer; 2010.
A chapter in an edited book
Lee D, Choi K. Energy-Efficient Partitioning of Hybrid Caches in Multi-core Architecture. In: Claesen L, Sanz-Pascual M-T, Reis R, Sarmiento-Reyes A, eds. VLSI-SoC: Internet of Things Foundations: 22nd IFIP WG 10.5/IEEE International Conference on Very Large Scale Integration, VLSI-SoC 2014, Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, October 6-8, 2014, Revised Selected Papers. IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology. Springer International Publishing; 2015:58-74.

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 Value in Health Regional Issues.

Blog post
Andrew E. River Flows Drop As Carbon Dioxide Creates Thirstier Plants. IFLScience.


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. Intercollegiate Athletics: Comparison of Selected Characteristics for Men’s and Women’s Programs. U.S. Government Printing Office; 1999.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Sindel J. Vulnerability towards disordered eating in students registered in general education nutrition classes. Published online 2013.

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
Grynbaum MM. Writing Partner ‘Flabbergasted’ By Accusations Against Halperin. New York Times. October 31, 2017:B1.

In-text citations

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

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 titleValue in Health Regional Issues
AbbreviationValue Health Reg. Issues
ISSN (print)2212-1099
ScopeEconomics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)
Health Policy
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics (miscellaneous)

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