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
Clapham DE. Structural biology: Pain-sensing TRPA1 channel resolved. Nature. 2015;520(7548):439-441.
A journal article with 2 authors
Meselson M, Mark Welch D. Evolution. Stable heterozygosity? Science. 2007;318(5848):202-203.
A journal article with 3 authors
Traag VA, Krings G, Van Dooren P. Significant scales in community structure. Sci Rep. 2013;3:2930.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Cui L, Wang P, Chen X, Fang Y, Zhang Z, Sun M. Plasmon-driven dimerization via S-S chemical bond in an aqueous environment. Sci Rep. 2014;4:7221.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
McCrary SA. Mastering Financial Accounting Essentials. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2009.
An edited book
Peter C, Beale R, eds. Affect and Emotion in Human-Computer Interaction: From Theory to Applications. Vol 4868. Springer; 2008.
A chapter in an edited book
Hoffmann P, Herczeg M. Hypervideo vs. Storytelling Integrating Narrative Intelligence into Hypervideo. In: Göbel S, Malkewitz R, Iurgel I, eds. Technologies for Interactive Digital Storytelling and Entertainment: Third International Conference, TIDSE 2006, Darmstadt, Germany, December 4-6, 2006. Proceedings. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer; 2006:37-48.

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
Fang J. Early Exposure To Pets, Dirt & Germs Are Good For Babies. IFLScience. Published June 9, 2014. Accessed October 30, 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. Intercity Passenger Rail: Congress Faces Critical Decisions in Developing a National Policy. U.S. Government Printing Office; 2002.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Samel C. Imagination and Negotiation: Motivations for Cambodian Women to Marry Cambodian American Men. Doctoral dissertation. California State University, Long Beach; 2014.

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
Walsh MW. Court Is Asked For Debt Relief By Puerto Rico. New York Times. May 3, 2017:A1.

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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