How to format your references using the British Journal of Pharmacology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for British Journal of Pharmacology (BJP). 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
Covington, W.W. (2000). Helping western forests heal. Nature 408: 135–136.
A journal article with 2 authors
Heo, J.B., and Sung, S. (2011). Vernalization-mediated epigenetic silencing by a long intronic noncoding RNA. Science 331: 76–79.
A journal article with 3 authors
Mazmanian, S.K., Round, J.L., and Kasper, D.L. (2008). A microbial symbiosis factor prevents intestinal inflammatory disease. Nature 453: 620–625.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Toyoshima-Morimoto, F., Taniguchi, E., Shinya, N., Iwamatsu, A., and Nishida, E. (2001). Polo-like kinase 1 phosphorylates cyclin B1 and targets it to the nucleus during prophase. Nature 410: 215–220.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bennett, M.K. (1995). Affine and Projective Geometry (Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.).
An edited book
(2016). Clinical Cases in Skin of Color: Adnexal, Inflammation, Infections, and Pigmentary Disorders (Cham: Springer International Publishing).
A chapter in an edited book
Hishida, N., and Shaw, R. (2014). Social Capital in Disaster Recovery in Japan: An Overview. In Community Practices for Disaster Risk Reduction in Japan, R. Shaw, ed. (Tokyo: Springer Japan), pp 51–62.

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 British Journal of Pharmacology.

Blog post
Andrews, R. (2017). The Dino-Killing Asteroid Picked The Perfect Spot To Slam Into The Planet (IFLScience).

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
Government Accountability Office (1992). Intelligence Programs: New RC-135 Aircraft Engines Can Reduce Cost and Improve Performance (Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office).

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Newsom, S.M. (2012). Love and Creativity: A Shared Dynamic. Doctoral dissertation. Pacifica Graduate Institute.

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
Dinardo, K. (2015). Deborah Davis on Andy Warhol and Driving Route 66. New York Times TR3.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Covington, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Covington, 2000; Heo and Sung, 2011).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Heo and Sung, 2011)
  • Three or more authors: (Toyoshima-Morimoto et al., 2001)

About the journal

Full journal titleBritish Journal of Pharmacology
AbbreviationBr. J. Pharmacol.
ISSN (print)0007-1188
ISSN (online)1476-5381
ScopePharmacology

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