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
J.A. Sheps, Biochemistry. Through a mirror, differently, Science. 323 (2009) 1679–1680.
A journal article with 2 authors
T.B. Kornberg, L. Gilboa, Developmental biology: Nanotubes in the niche, Nature. 523 (2015) 292–293.
A journal article with 3 authors
S. Pilet, M.B. Baker, E.M. Stolper, Metasomatized lithosphere and the origin of alkaline lavas, Science. 320 (2008) 916–919.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
J. Li, Q. Chen, L.-J. Long, J.-D. Dong, J. Yang, S. Zhang, Bacterial dynamics within the mucus, tissue and skeleton of the coral Porites lutea during different seasons, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 7320.

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 Acquisition Evaluation and Post Merger Integration, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2010.
An edited book
G. Yu, Y. Jin, eds., Assessing Chinese Learners of English: Language Constructs, Consequences and Conundrums, Palgrave Macmillan UK, London, 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
V. Chari, A. Nelakanti, C. Jakkoju, C.V. Jawahar, Planar Scene Modeling from Quasiconvex Subproblems, in: H. Zha, R.-I. Taniguchi, S. Maybank (Eds.), Computer Vision – ACCV 2009: 9th Asian Conference on Computer Vision, Xi’an, September 23-27, 2009, Revised Selected Papers, Part II, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2010: pp. 34–43.

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, How We Invented A Star Trek-Style Sonic Tractor Beam, 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, Consolidation of Computer-Output-Microfilm Facilities in Hawaii, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1976.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
K.S. Bhavsar, Application of wavelet on quasi-periodic physiologic signals, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 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
S. Castle, S. Erlanger, British Premier Outlines Path to a Clean Break With the E.U, New York Times. (2017) A1.

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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