How to format your references using the Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters. 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
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Turner DL. Space science: Near-Earth space shows its stripes. Nature. 2014;507(7492):308-309.
A journal article with 2 authors
1.
Perrimon N, Bernfield M. Specificities of heparan sulphate proteoglycans in developmental processes. Nature. 2000;404(6779):725-728.
A journal article with 3 authors
1.
Boulé J-B, Vega LR, Zakian VA. The yeast Pif1p helicase removes telomerase from telomeric DNA. Nature. 2005;438(7064):57-61.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
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Gray WM, Kepinski S, Rouse D, Leyser O, Estelle M. Auxin regulates SCF(TIR1)-dependent degradation of AUX/IAA proteins. Nature. 2001;414(6861):271-276.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
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Willatzen M, Lew Yan Voon LC. Separable Boundary-Value Problems in Physics. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA; 2011.
An edited book
1.
Wellstead P, Cloutier M, eds. Systems Biology of Parkinson’s Disease. Springer; 2012.
A chapter in an edited book
1.
Jahan MP. Micro-Electrical Discharge Machining. In: Davim JP, ed. Nontraditional Machining Processes: Research Advances. Springer; 2013:111-151.

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 Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters.

Blog post
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Luntz S. Deep Sea Explorers Spot Bizarre Fish That Doesn’t Look Real. IFLScience. Published October 22, 2014. Accessed October 30, 2018. https://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/rare-footage-deepsea-spookfish/

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
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Government Accountability Office. Telecommuting: Overview of Challenges Facing Federal Agencies. U.S. Government Printing Office; 2001.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1.
Li X. Graph-based learning for information systems. Published online 2009.

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
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Kwai I. Australia Has Collected 12,500 Guns in Amnesty. New York Times. August 11, 2017:A11.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in superscript:

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 titleBioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
AbbreviationBioorg. Med. Chem. Lett.
ISSN (print)0960-894X
ScopeBiochemistry
Clinical Biochemistry
Molecular Biology
Molecular Medicine
Organic Chemistry
Drug Discovery
Pharmaceutical Science

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