Chapter in an edited book [from Print source using Vancouver]


Use this format for a chapter in an edited book, where the contents page shows that the chapters have been written by several different people. This format can also apply to a chapter written by the editor(s), or an introduction.

Don't panic if you see several dates inside the book. The date you need to use is the one which matches the edition of the book that you're using. Ignore any dates that are just listed as reprints or impressions. Look on the book cover and see if it says e.g. Fourth edition (it should also say this on the title page inside the book). In this case all that you need to show in your reference in the bibliography/reference list is the date for the 4th edition of the book (and also give the edition after the book title). Search for the book on the library catalogue to check the details needed for the reference if you are unsure.

Standard Form

Author of chapter Initials. Title of chapter. In: Name of Editor/s Initials, editors. Title of book. Nth ed[omit if 1st ed.]. Place of publication: Publisher; Date. p. pages.


Allison D, Gilbert P. Bacteria. In: Denyer SP, Hodges NA, Gorman N, editors. Hugo and Russell's pharmaceutical microbiology. 7th ed. Oxford: Blackwell Science; 2004. p.23-43.

Edgar JA. Natural toxicants as pesticides. In: Hamilton H, Crossley S, editors. Pesticides residues in food and drinking water: human exposure and risks. Chichester: Wiley; 2004. p.269-94.

Woolcock S. European trade policy. In: Wallace H, Wallace W, editors. Policy-making in the European Union . 4th ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press; 2000. p.373-99.

Citation in Text

Remember this will be a running number at the first use of a reference. If the reference is re-used then repeat the number allocated. Keep your style constant, either parenthesis (number) throughout, or superscript number. Do not change between the two. If your department recommends a particular style then use that.

Parenthesis examples:

Bacteria can be divided into two large groups by gram staining.(7)


Allison and Gilbert (7) discuss the division of bacteria by gram staining ...

Superscript example:

Bacteria can be divided into two large groups by gram staining.7


  • N. B. Treat multiple authors of a chapter in the same way as multiple authors of a book. Format of authors and editors is the same.
  • It is perfectly acceptable to have several chapters from the same book listed individually in a reference list or bibliography.
  • The edition statement goes after the title of the book, immediately before the place of publication.