Use a genuine reference list in preference to a bibliography or 'further reading'. The reference list should be honest and very accurate. Keep the list brief—long lists impress very few. Up to 25 references is optimal. References are the biggest problem for subeditors for they tend to be sloppy or omitted. Other authors become upset by lack of proper acknowledgment in a reference list. Personal communication and unpublished material are not acceptable as references.

Most journals use the Vancouver style of referencing with references being numbered consecutively in the order in which they are mentioned in the text.

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