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Vancouver Referencing Style @ UCT: Vancouver V/S Harvard

Vancouver Referencing Style is extensively used in the biomedical and health sciences.

********************Major differences between Vancouver and Harvard********************

VANCOUVER

HARVARD

   In the reference list, the references are listed numerically in    the same order that they were cited in the body of the paper.

   In the reference list, the references are listed alphabetically by
   the surname of the author or title of the book or journal article.

 

 

   In the intext, a cited text is indicated by a number, e.g. In    hemothorax, test tube is recommended.3

   In the intext, a cited text is indicated by the author’s surname
   and the date
, e.g. In hemothorax, test tube is recommended

   (van der Welden, 2013).

 

 

   In the reference list journal titles are abbreviated and are not in
   italics.

   In the reference list journal titles are written in full and are in
   italics.

 

 

   In a single reference, the maximum number of authors that    must be mentioned in your reference list is six. If there are    more than six, mention the first six followed by "et al" OR "and    others".

   In a single reference, the maximum number of authors that    must be mentioned in your reference list is eight. If there are    more than eight, mention the first eight followed by "et al" OR
   "and others".

 

 

   In the reference list, the only punctuation between the surname    of the author and the initials is a space.

   In the reference list, the surname of the author and the initial/s    is separated by a comma.

 

 

   Where there are more than one initials of the author, there is    no punctuation between them, e.g. Al-Tamimi EK.

   Where there are more than one initials of the author, they must    be separated by a full stop, e.g. Al-Tamimi, E.K.

 

 

   The date of publication is normally given at the end of the
   reference.

   The date of publication is normally given immediately after the
   author. Hence the style is also known as Author-date Style.