How to format your references using the BMC Pharmacology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for BMC 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
1. Triendl R. Staffing shortage threatens Japan’s structural genomics. Nature. 2001;410:724.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. Nishiizumi K, Caffee MW. Beryllium-10 from the Sun. Science. 2001;294:352–4.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. Cohen BA, Hewins RH, Yu Y. Evaporation in the young solar nebula as the origin of “just-right” melting of chondrules. Nature. 2000;406:600–2.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
1. De Luca A, Caraveo PA, Mereghetti S, Tiengo A, Bignami GF. A long-period, violently variable X-ray source in a young supernova remnant. Science. 2006;313:814–7.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. Goossens F. How to Implement Market Models Using VBA. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd; 2015.
An edited book
1. Bandyopadhyay A. Nanoparticles in Lung Cancer Therapy - Recent Trends. New Delhi: Springer India; 2015.
A chapter in an edited book
1. Schliemann-Bullinger M, Fey D, Bastogne T, Findeisen R, Scheurich P, Bullinger E. The Experimental Side of Parameter Estimation. In: Geris L, Gomez-Cabrero D, editors. Uncertainty in Biology: A Computational Modeling Approach. Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2016. p. 127–54.

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 BMC Pharmacology.

Blog post
1. Fang J. Functional Designer Yeast Chromosome Synthesized. IFLScience. 2014. Accessed 30 Oct 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
1. Government Accountability Office. A Single Federal Authority Is Needed for Establishing or Constructing Rehabilitation Facilities. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1979.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1. Rogers R. What Qualities Make an Effective Teacher Labor Union Leader? Doctoral dissertation. Pepperdine University; 2017.

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. Barron J. In the Age of Reality TV, a Best-Selling Author Calls In Real-Life Heroes. New York Times. 2017;:A18.

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 titleBMC Pharmacology
ISSN (print)1471-2210

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