How to format your references using the BioDrugs citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for BioDrugs. 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
1. Goodman MB. Eppendorf essay winner. Deconstructing C. elegans sensory mechanotransduction. Science. 2004;306:427–8.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. Moore MJ, Rosbash M. Cell biology. TAPping into mRNA export. Science. 2001;294:1841–2.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. Gottfried JA, O’Doherty J, Dolan RJ. Encoding predictive reward value in human amygdala and orbitofrontal cortex. Science. 2003;301:1104–7.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
1. Lei D, Ma J, Du X, Shen G, Jin X, Gong Q. Microstructural abnormalities in the combined and inattentive subtypes of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: a diffusion tensor imaging study. Sci Rep. 2014;4:6875.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. Bennett DH. Bennett’s Cardiac Arrhythmias. Oxford: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd; 2013.
An edited book
1. Fujii S, editor. Beyond Global Capitalism. Tokyo: Springer Japan; 2015.
A chapter in an edited book
1. Turner MC, Herrmann G, Postlethwaite I. Anti-windup Compensation using a Decoupling Architecture. In: Tarbouriech S, Garcia G, Glattfelder AH, editors. Advanced Strategies in Control Systems with Input and Output Constraints. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2007. p. 121–71.

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 BioDrugs.

Blog post
1. Hamilton K. Incredible Dolphin Birth at Dolphin Quest Hawaii [Internet]. IFLScience. IFLScience; 2014 [cited 2018 Oct 30]. Available from: https://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/incredible-dolphin-birth-dolphin-quest-hawaii/

Reports

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
1. Government Accountability Office. Commercial Aviation: Raising Passenger Facility Charges Would Increase Airport Funding, but Other Effects Less Certain. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 2014 Dec. Report No.: GAO-15-107.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1. Lim L. Dual-class vs. single-class firms: Information environment [Doctoral dissertation]. [Washington, DC]: 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
1. Luongo MT. Beyond Technology: Hotels Train Workers in Personal Touch. New York Times. 2017 Jul 10;B4.

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 titleBioDrugs
AbbreviationBioDrugs
ISSN (print)1173-8804
ISSN (online)1179-190X
ScopeBiotechnology
General Medicine
Pharmacology (medical)
Pharmacology

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