Vancouver Format Guide

Writing essay is a way to deliver your ideas and explain the thoughts and theories, previously discussed in the literature, scientific studies or other sources. When writing an essay, it is important to recognize the importance of correct and structured referencing and citation. In order to avoid plagiarism, it would be reasonable to choose one of the standardized citation guides.

Vancouver citation style is one of the common styles that is used in scientific and other literature and it has the following peculiarities:

  • Its main characteristic is the numerical method of citation. In the body of the text, the writer is only required to provide numeric reference, while in bibliography list it is important to include more specific information on the title, author and year of publication.
  • The system itself takes its roots back to 1978, when the Vancouver meeting that laid the foundation for the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors was held. With that in mind, numerical nature of Vancouver reference is explained mainly by the needs of medical citing. There are several updates that include adjustments in numeric citing of the sources, but overall Vancouver style is stable and did not change a lot over time.
  • The Vancouver style is widely used in scientific journals, research and other works, but it is, probably, not the most appropriate and easy referencing guide for academic works in more theoretical subjects.

It is important to understand the basics of this style and advantages of specific numeric citing for the references of large information data bases and complex research with extensive literature and previous studies analysis.

Remember, it is better to use correct formatting from the stage of writing drafts. It is also recommended to write down all the information considering sources you take as a basis at the stage of literature research so as not to forget some important details.

In order to see an essay with properly formatted references and bibliography, view the corresponding sample.
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