I would like to find a translation of the word "reference" into Russian in the following sentence:
"Please provide the names and contact information for three references"
Here reference is a person that can provide a reference letter.
I would like to give a context for this question. I am Russian living in UK for last 12 years working in academia. Clearly this phrase is more than familiar for me, since we are constantly asked to provide references in UK, US, etc. Nowadays there are certain institutions in Russia that are trying to copycat western practices. In particular one needs to translate these type of phrases into Russian. I genuinely think that the meaning of the word "reference" as a human being is not yet worked out in Russian language, or maybe it is worked out but I am not aware of it. This was my reason to ask the question.
For example, been native Russian speaker, I never encountered the word "рекомендатель" and I am not sure if it usage is common in Russian academia.