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
Huang KG. Intellectual property. China’s innovation landscape. Science 2010;329:632–3.
A journal article with 2 authors
Grandi P, Palumbo GGC. Jet and accretion-disk emission untangled in 3C 273. Science 2004;306:998–1002.
A journal article with 3 authors
Brown CD, Johnson DS, Sidow A. Functional architecture and evolution of transcriptional elements that drive gene coexpression. Science 2007;317:1557–60.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Sun T, Zhang Z, Xiao J, Chen C, Xiao F, Wang S, et al. Facile and green synthesis of palladium nanoparticles-graphene-carbon nanotube material with high catalytic activity. Sci Rep 2013;3:2527.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Rassool GH. Addiction for Nurses. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell; 2010.
An edited book
Bastin G. Stability and Boundary Stabilization of 1-D Hyperbolic Systems. vol. 88. Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
Balaram V, Kamala CT, Mathur R, Rao AS, Satyanarayanan M. PGE in Road Dust/Top Soil from Major Indian Cities: Implications on Human Health and Environment. In: Ramkumar M, editor. On a Sustainable Future of the Earth’s Natural Resources, Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2013, p. 85–107.

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
Hale T. Scientists Find Fish Not Seen Since The 1870s. There’s Something Rather Strange About It. IFLScience 2017. (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. Lessons Learned for Protecting and Educating Children after the Gulf Coast Hurricanes. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 2006.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Angell BD. Transformational Innovation and Transformational Leadership in the U.S. Government Department of Defense Acquisitions Workforce. Doctoral dissertation. Capella 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
Vecsey G. In Hockey, Game 7 Is Different. New York Times 2012:B13.

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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