How to format your references using the WHO South-East Asia Journal of Public Health citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for WHO South-East Asia Journal of Public 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.
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
Watanabe M. Going multidisciplinary. Nature. 2003 Oct 2;425(6957):542–3.
A journal article with 2 authors
Inoue A, Zhang Y. Replication-dependent loss of 5-hydroxymethylcytosine in mouse preimplantation embryos. Science. 2011 Oct 14;334(6053):194.
A journal article with 3 authors
Werner SC, Ody A, Poulet F. The source crater of martian shergottite meteorites. Science. 2014 Mar 21;343(6177):1343–6.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Tomczyk S, McIntosh SW, Keil SL, Judge PG, Schad T, Seeley DH, et al. Alfven waves in the solar corona. Science. 2007 Aug 31;317(5842):1192–6.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Strohfeldt KA. Essentials of Inorganic Chemistry. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd; 2015.
An edited book
Butenko S, Gil-Lafuente J, Pardalos PM, editors. Optimal Strategies in Sports Economics and Management. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2010. XVI, 215 p.
A chapter in an edited book
Sánchez-Silva M, Klutke G-A. Degradation: Data Analysis and Analytical Modeling. In: Klutke G-A, editor. Reliability and Life-Cycle Analysis of Deteriorating Systems. Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2016. p. 79–116. (Springer Series in Reliability Engineering).

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 WHO South-East Asia Journal of Public Health.

Blog post
Andrew E. The Most Distant Galaxy Has Been Discovered. IFLScience. IFLScience; 2014.


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. Aging Aircraft: FAA Needs Comprehensive Plan to Coordinate Government and Industry Actions. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1989 Dec. Report No.: RCED-90-75.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Du L. Economic model for vehicle ownership quota policy analysis [Doctoral dissertation]. [College Park, MD]: University of Maryland, College Park; 2012.

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
Clarke J. Surf’s Up, Finally, for Women at America’s Premier Big-Wave Competition. New York Times. 2016 Oct 29;D5.

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 titleWHO South-East Asia Journal of Public Health
AbbreviationWHO South East Asia J. Public Health
ISSN (print)2224-3151
ISSN (online)2304-5272

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