Government Publication/Report [from Print source using Vancouver]


The format is very much like a book, with author, year, title, place of publication and publisher. However, if it comes from a recognised series, include the series title and number in round brackets after the title. Some types of report may have a corporate author (the name of the organization responsible for the report goes in the author position).

Standard Form

Author Initials. Title of the report . Place of publication: Publisher; Year month day [as given]. (Series title number). Report number and contract number.


Confidential enquiries into stillbirths and deaths in infancy. 5th Report. London: Stationery Office; 1998.

Department of Health. Saving lives: our healthier nation. London: Stationery Office; 1999 (Cm 4386)

Harris J, Grace S. A question of evidence? Investigating and prosecuting rape in the 1990s. London: Home Office; 1999.(Home Office Research Study 196).

MacLean CH, Issa AM, Mojica WA, Newberry SJ, Morton SC . Effects of omega-3 fatty acids on cognitive function with aging, dementia, and neurological diseases. Rockville (MD): Department of Health and Human Services (US), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; 2005 Feb. (Evidence report/technology assessment; no. 114). Report No.: AHRQPUB05E0112. Contract No.: DHHS290020003

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.

The Department of Health publication Saving Lives (12) set new ground ........


The Department of Health publication Saving Lives (12) set new ground ........12