References, Citations, and More Reading (Editorial Guide)
We are not a journal. No footnotes. No citations.
When an article references a source, do so as naturally as possible. If the author is well-known, or the source easy to find, a brief mention is usually enough.
- “Learning from Games” by Rob Houser and Scott DeLoach
- Joe Smith’s excellent book, The Best UX Book,…
- In her article “Five is Enough” in the Harvard Business Review, Janice Smith argued…
Take the time to find a link for the article, either to the author’s site or to the publication site. A direct link is better than a citation.
- The publisher does not need to be mentioned unless the journal or source is relevant.
- Ditto the year of the publication.
- Use the full name of the author when introducing them.
Don’t include references that add nothing to the article except establish that the author knows the basic texts.
Do consider whether a More Reading list would be helpful. These lists go in a box at the end of the article, and are useful for providing a reading list of important works or a good overview of the article’s topic.
- Think about whether a specific reference is the most useful to readers, or if a link to a body of work (such asa project site or list of publications) would be more helpful.
- Keep it short and targeted. This is not a bibliography, but the next steps for someone interested in the topic.
- Try to avoid articles that are only available from paid libraries.
In a More Reading list, references are listed by title first, then author and source.
- Learning from Games by Rob Houser and Scott DeLoach
- The Best UX Book by Joe Smith
- Five is Enough by Janice Smith (Harvard Business Review)