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
E.A. Marchio, My metamorphosis, Science. 347 (2015) 206.
A journal article with 2 authors
H. Wang, F. Glorius, Chemistry. Lending handedness to the cyclopentadienyl ligand, Science. 338 (2012) 479–480.
A journal article with 3 authors
M.J. Advani, M. Rajagopalan, P.H. Reddy, Calmodulin-like protein from M. tuberculosis H37Rv is required during infection, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 6861.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
A.R. Basu, S.B. Jacobsen, R.J. Poreda, C.B. Dowling, P.K. Aggarwal, Large groundwater strontium flux to the oceans from the Bengal Basin and the marine strontium isotope record, Science. 293 (2001) 1470–1473.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
F.W. Menk, C.L. Waters, Magnetoseismology, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany, 2013.
An edited book
K. Kubacki, ed., Ideas in Marketing: Finding the New and Polishing the Old: Proceedings of the 2013 Academy of Marketing Science (AMS) Annual Conference, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2015.
A chapter in an edited book
J. Wiers-Jenssen, Career Impacts of Student Mobility, in: Å. Gornitzka, L. Langfeldt (Eds.), Borderless Knowledge: Understanding the “New” Internationalisation of Research and Higher Education in Norway, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2008: pp. 79–101.

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
D. Andrew, Three Ways Organic Electronics Is Changing Technology As We Know It, IFLScience. (2016). (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, IT Supply Chain: National Security-Related Agencies Need to Better Address Risks, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2012.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
E.L. Moreau, Sailing on a Sea of Hope: Exploring the Impact of Federal Consolidation on Individual Identification and Organizational Identity, Doctoral dissertation, George Washington University, 2014.

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
G.G. Gustines, Sharing the Wealth as a Comic Book Goes Hollywood, New York Times. (2013) BU5.

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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