Standard: how to cite in Vancouver Style?

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General rules

The manual of Vancouver Style – Citing Medicine – does not provide the explicit rules for referencing standards. Taking into account the recommendations of different universities and the general specifics of standards as an information source, the following template can be offered for bibliographic references:

Author(s). Standard code and number. Standard title. City: Publisher; year. Number of pages.


  • The Number of pages element is optional.
  • For the specifics of giving the city of publication, the publisher, and the publication date, see this article.
  • For the instructions on how to give the names of organisational authors, see this article.

For a standard published online, use the following reference template:

Author(s). Standard code and number. Standard title [Internet]. City: Publisher; year [cited date cited]. Number of pages. Available from: URL

Examples in a list of references

British Standards Institution. BS EN ISO 11138-7:2019. Sterilization of health care products. Biological indicators. Guidance for the selection, use and interpretation of results. London: British Standards Publications; 2019. 74 p.

ASTM. ASTM E2457-07(2013). Standard specification for air-entraining additions for use in the manufacture of air-entraining hydraulic cement [Internet]. West Conshohocken (PA): ASTM International; 2019 [cited 2021 Jun 28]. 32 p. Available from: doi: 110.1520/E2457-07R13

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