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
Q. Schiermeier, Low stocks prompt calls for North Atlantic fishing ban, Nature. 419 (2002) 866.
A journal article with 2 authors
M.A. Breidenbach, A.T. Brunger, Substrate recognition strategy for botulinum neurotoxin serotype A, Nature. 432 (2004) 925–929.
A journal article with 3 authors
J.P. Croxall, P.N. Trathan, E.J. Murphy, Environmental change and Antarctic seabird populations, Science. 297 (2002) 1510–1514.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
M. Campbell, J. Cleland, A. Ezeh, N. Prata, Public health. Return of the population growth factor, Science. 315 (2007) 1501–1502.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
S.M. Focardi, F.J. Fabozzi, T.G. Bali, Mathematical Methods for Finance, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2013.
An edited book
C.J. Barrow, D.H. Small, eds., Abeta Peptide and Alzheimer’s Disease: Celebrating a Century of Research, Springer, London, 2007.
A chapter in an edited book
D. Basu, V. Miroshnik, Globalization and the Philosophy of Life in India, in: V. Miroshnik (Ed.), Structural Revolution in International Business Architecture: Political Economy: Volume 2, Palgrave Macmillan UK, London, 2016: pp. 50–64.

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. O`Callaghan, Cassini Begins Its Ring-Grazing Orbits Of Saturn, 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, NASA ADP Systems: Information on the Automated Mission and Payload Tracking System, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1987.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
M.O. Racho, Attributes of Asian American senior leaders who have retained their cultural identity and been successful in American corporations, Doctoral dissertation, Pepperdine University, 2012.

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. Billard, Scouting Report, New York Times. (2010) E5.

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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