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
Shaw, R. (2009). Journal club. A cancer researcher ponders a fundamental connection between nutrients and gene expression. Nature 462: 829.
A journal article with 2 authors
Dangl, J.L., and Jones, J.D. (2001). Plant pathogens and integrated defence responses to infection. Nature 411: 826–833.
A journal article with 3 authors
Kourtis, N., Nikoletopoulou, V., and Tavernarakis, N. (2012). Small heat-shock proteins protect from heat-stroke-associated neurodegeneration. Nature 490: 213–218.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Navarre, W.W., Porwollik, S., Wang, Y., McClelland, M., Rosen, H., Libby, S.J., et al. (2006). Selective silencing of foreign DNA with low GC content by the H-NS protein in Salmonella. Science 313: 236–238.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Lévy, P. (2013). The Semantic Sphere 1 (Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.).
An edited book
(2012). Jatropha, Challenges for a New Energy Crop: Volume 1: Farming, Economics and Biofuel (New York, NY: Springer).
A chapter in an edited book
Bodyanskiy, Y., Vynokurova, O., Pliss, I., Peleshko, D., and Rashkevych, Y. (2016). Hybrid Generalized Additive Wavelet-Neuro-Fuzzy-System and Its Adaptive Learning. In Dependability Engineering and Complex Systems: Proceedings of the Eleventh International Conference on Dependability and Complex Systems DepCoS-RELCOMEX. June 27–July 1, 2016, Brunów, Poland, W. Zamojski, J. Mazurkiewicz, J. Sugier, T. Walkowiak, and J. Kacprzyk, eds. (Cham: Springer International Publishing), pp 51–61.

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
Andrew, E. (2014). Empty Electronics Factories Turned Into High-Tech Indoor Farms (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 (2013). National Science Foundation: Steps Taken to Improve Contracting Practices, but Opportunities Exist to Do More (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
Cruz, W. (2009). Extended services post reunification to enhance parent-child attachments: A grant proposal. Doctoral dissertation. California State University, Long Beach.

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
Eligon, J., and Martin, J. (2017). Kansas Republican Survives Tight Congressional Race to Win House Seat. New York Times A16.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Shaw, 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Dangl and Jones, 2001; Shaw, 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Dangl and Jones, 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Navarre et al., 2006)

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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