How to format your references using the Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
R.T. Abraham, Cell biology. Making sense of amino acid sensing, Science. 347 (2015) 128–129.
A journal article with 2 authors
C.M. Cox, B.F. Chao, Detection of a large-scale mass redistribution in the terrestrial system since 1998, Science. 297 (2002) 831–833.
A journal article with 3 authors
M. Boudvillain, A. de Lencastre, A.M. Pyle, A tertiary interaction that links active-site domains to the 5’ splice site of a group II intron, Nature. 406 (2000) 315–318.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
J. Livet, T.A. Weissman, H. Kang, R.W. Draft, J. Lu, R.A. Bennis, J.R. Sanes, J.W. Lichtman, Transgenic strategies for combinatorial expression of fluorescent proteins in the nervous system, Nature. 450 (2007) 56–62.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
R.S. Snell, M.A. Lemp, Clinical Anatomy of the Eye, Blackwell Science Ltd,., Oxford, UK, 1997.
An edited book
C.V. Thakar, C.R. Parikh, eds., Perioperative Kidney Injury: Principles of Risk Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment, Springer, New York, NY, 2015.
A chapter in an edited book
R. Simpson, J. Hughes, N. Slutskaya, White Working Class Masculinities and Dirty Work, in: J. Hughes, N. Slutskaya (Eds.), Gender, Class and Occupation: Working Class Men Doing Dirty Work, Palgrave Macmillan UK, London, 2016: pp. 85–103.

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 Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews.

Blog post
E. Andrew, Albert Einstein Told Marie Curie To Ignore The Haters, IFLScience. (2014).


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, School Lunch Program: Buy American Procedures at Schools With Cash or Credit in Lieu of Food, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1989.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
D. Slotterback, Parent Partner Program and Organization (3P-O) parents mentoring parents in child welfare: A grant-writing project, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 2010.

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
M.W. Walsh, A Chilly Reception, New York Times. (2015) B1.

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 titleAdvanced Drug Delivery Reviews
AbbreviationAdv. Drug Deliv. Rev.
ISSN (print)0169-409X
ScopePharmaceutical Science

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