How to format your references using the Alcohol citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Alcohol. 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
Wilson, S. M. (2013). Professional development for science teachers. Science (New York, N.Y.), 340(6130), 310–313.
A journal article with 2 authors
Zaher, H. S., & Green, R. (2009). Quality control by the ribosome following peptide bond formation. Nature, 457(7226), 161–166.
A journal article with 3 authors
Li, H., Li, W. X., & Ding, S. W. (2002). Induction and suppression of RNA silencing by an animal virus. Science (New York, N.Y.), 296(5571), 1319–1321.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Minzenberg, M. J., Watrous, A. J., Yoon, J. H., Ursu, S., & Carter, C. S. (2008). Modafinil shifts human locus coeruleus to low-tonic, high-phasic activity during functional MRI. Science (New York, N.Y.), 322(5908), 1700–1702.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Miller, R. E. (1999). Optimization. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Roy, B., & Sendrier, N. (Eds.). (2009). Progress in Cryptology - INDOCRYPT 2009: 10th International Conference on Cryptology in India, New Delhi, India, December 13-16, 2009. Proceedings (Vol. 5922). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Phillips, C., Raynel, S., Curtis, J., Bartels, S., Sicker, D., Grunwald, D., & McGregor, T. (2011). The Efficacy of Path Loss Models for Fixed Rural Wireless Links. In N. Spring & G. F. Riley (Eds.), Passive and Active Measurement: 12th International Conference, PAM 2011, Atlanta, GA, USA, March 20-22, 2011. Proceedings (pp. 42–51). Springer.

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 Alcohol.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015, August 3). Want More Innovation? Try Connecting The Dots Between Engineering And Humanities. IFLScience; IFLScience.


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. (1970). Status of Equipment, Automotive Mechanics Training Project (B-168811). U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Vestergaard, E. V. (2015). The shadow in Latvian mythological legends: A Jungian perspective [Doctoral dissertation]. Pacifica Graduate Institute.

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
Caschetta, M. B. (2011, December 11). What Wasn’t Passed On. New York Times, ST6.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Wilson, 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Wilson, 2013; Zaher & Green, 2009).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Zaher & Green, 2009)
  • Three authors: (Li et al., 2002)
  • 6 or more authors: (Minzenberg et al., 2008)

About the journal

Full journal titleAlcohol
ISSN (print)0741-8329
General Medicine
Behavioral Neuroscience
Health(social science)

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