How to format your references using the Biochemical Pharmacology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Biochemical Pharmacology. 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. Altman, Physics. Critical Insights, Science. 315 (2007) 1504–1505.
A journal article with 2 authors
J.M. Blander, R. Medzhitov, Toll-dependent selection of microbial antigens for presentation by dendritic cells, Nature. 440 (2006) 808–812.
A journal article with 3 authors
G. Zhu, G.B. Golding, A.M. Dean, The selective cause of an ancient adaptation, Science. 307 (2005) 1279–1282.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
S.W. Simpson, J. Quade, N.E. Levin, R. Butler, G. Dupont-Nivet, M. Everett, S. Semaw, A female Homo erectus pelvis from Gona, Ethiopia, Science. 322 (2008) 1089–1092.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
D. Bucci, Analog Electronics for Measuring Systems, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2017.
An edited book
V. Matoušek, P. Mautner, eds., Text, Speech and Dialogue: 12th International Conference, TSD 2009, Pilsen, Czech Republic, September 13-17, 2009. Proceedings, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2009.
A chapter in an edited book
D. Ho, Nanodiamond-Based Chemotherapy and Imaging, in: C.A. Mirkin, T.J. Meade, S.H. Petrosko, A.H. Stegh (Eds.), Nanotechnology-Based Precision Tools for the Detection and Treatment of Cancer, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2015: pp. 85–102.

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 Biochemical Pharmacology.

Blog post
J. Fang, Unpredictable Temperature Swings Boost Death Rates in the U.S, 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, Use of Federal Employees as Personal Aides to Federal Officials in Selected Departments and Agencies, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1982.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
D.A. Gomez, System of systems engineering: Prescribing the technical development effort to engineer a constituent system, Doctoral dissertation, George Washington University, 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. Pilon, The Dazzle of Neon, New York Times. (2013) B12.

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 titleBiochemical Pharmacology
AbbreviationBiochem. Pharmacol.
ISSN (print)0006-2952

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