How to format your references using the Actualités pharmaceutiques citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Actualités pharmaceutiques. For a complete guide how to prepare your manuscript refer to the journal's instructions to authors.

Using reference management software

Typically you don't format your citations and bibliography by hand. The easiest way is to use a reference manager:

PaperpileThe citation style is built in and you can choose it in Settings > Citation Style or Paperpile > Citation Style in Google Docs.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
Mendeley, Zotero, Papers, and othersThe style is either built in or you can download a CSL file that is supported by most references management programs.
BibTeXBibTeX syles are usually part of a LaTeX template. Check the instructions to authors if the publisher offers a LaTeX template for this journal.

Journal articles

Those examples are references to articles in scholarly journals and how they are supposed to appear in your bibliography.

Not all journals organize their published articles in volumes and issues, so these fields are optional. Some electronic journals do not provide a page range, but instead list an article identifier. In a case like this it's safe to use the article identifier instead of the page range.

A journal article with 1 author
Lähteenmäki R. Finnish biotechnology--built on solid foundations. Nature 2002;420:A34-5, A37, A39.
A journal article with 2 authors
Seder RA, Hill AV. Vaccines against intracellular infections requiring cellular immunity. Nature 2000;406:793–8.
A journal article with 3 authors
Pluth MD, Bergman RG, Raymond KN. Acid catalysis in basic solution: a supramolecular host promotes orthoformate hydrolysis. Science 2007;316:85–8.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Ramachandran S, Cohen DA, Quist AP, Lal R. High performance, LED powered, waveguide based total internal reflection microscopy. Sci Rep 2013;3:2133.

Books and book chapters

Here are examples of references for authored and edited books as well as book chapters.

An authored book
Center for Chemical Process Safety. Guidelines for Initiating Events and Independent Protection Layers in Layer of Protection Analysis. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2015.
An edited book
Li X. Generalized Connectivity of Graphs. Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
Cheung S, Dutertre B, Lindqvist U. Detecting Disruptive Routers in Wireless Sensor Networks. In: Kunz T, Ravi SS, editors. Ad-Hoc, Mobile, and Wireless Networks: 5th International Conference, ADHOC-NOW 2006, Ottawa, Canada, August 17-19, 2006. Proceedings, Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2006, p. 19–31.

Web sites

Sometimes references to web sites should appear directly in the text rather than in the bibliography. Refer to the Instructions to authors for Actualités pharmaceutiques.

Blog post
Fang J. Why Do Lizard Throat Fans Glow? IFLScience 2015. (accessed October 30, 2018).


This example shows the general structure used for government reports, technical reports, and scientific reports. If you can't locate the report number then it might be better to cite the report as a book. For reports it is usually not individual people that are credited as authors, but a governmental department or agency like "U. S. Food and Drug Administration" or "National Cancer Institute".

Government report
Government Accountability Office. Proprietary Schools: Analysis of Comments Received From an Association of Schools. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1997.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Bremond DS. When women win: Prominent leadership traits that contributed to the successful election of women in California. Doctoral dissertation. Pepperdine University, 2017.

News paper articles

Unlike scholarly journals, news papers do not usually have a volume and issue number. Instead, the full date and page number is required for a correct reference.

New York Times article
Pilon M, Longman J. Elite Marathoner’s Failed Test Is Another Setback for Kenya. New York Times 2014:D1.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [1].
This sentence cites two references [1,2].
This sentence cites four references [1–4].

About the journal

Full journal titleActualités pharmaceutiques
AbbreviationActual. Pharm.
ISSN (print)0515-3700
ScopePharmacology (medical)

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