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
Kennedy S. Epidemiology. Why can’t we test our way to absolute food safety? Science 2008;322:1641–3.
A journal article with 2 authors
Davis MB, Shaw RG. Range shifts and adaptive responses to Quaternary climate change. Science 2001;292:673–9.
A journal article with 3 authors
Lee H, Chah O-K, Sheen J. Stem-cell-triggered immunity through CLV3p-FLS2 signalling. Nature 2011;473:376–9.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Misewich JA, Martel R, Avouris P, Tsang JC, Heinze S, Tersoff J. Electrically induced optical emission from a carbon nanotube FET. Science 2003;300:783–6.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Rezg N, Hajej Z, Boschian-Campaner V. Production and Maintenance Optimization Problems. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2016.
An edited book
Ortuño F, Rojas I, editors. Bioinformatics and Biomedical Engineering: Third International Conference, IWBBIO 2015, Granada, Spain, April 15-17, 2015, Proceedings, Part I. vol. 9043. Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2015.
A chapter in an edited book
Muller J-M, Brisebarre N, de Dinechin F, Jeannerod C-P, Lefèvre V, Melquiond G, et al. The Fused Multiply-Add Instruction. In: Brisebarre N, de Dinechin F, Jeannerod C-P, Lefèvre V, Melquiond G, Revol N, et al., editors. Handbook of Floating-Point Arithmetic, Boston, MA: Birkhäuser; 2010, p. 151–79.

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. Nectar Bat With Insanely Long Tongue Found in Bolivia. 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. Information Technology: Numerous Federal Networks Used to Support Homeland Security Need to Be Better Coordinated with Key State and Local Information-Sharing Initiatives. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 2007.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Wester AM. Readers’ trust, socio-demographic, and acuity influences in citizen journalism credibility for disrupted online newspapers. Doctoral dissertation. University of Phoenix, 2013.

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
Chira S. Women Who Voted for Donald Trump, in Their Own Words. New York Times 2017:A13.

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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