How to format your references using the Bulletin of Faculty of Pharmacy, Cairo University citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Bulletin of Faculty of Pharmacy, Cairo University. 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
B. Malissen, Immunology. Switching off TCR signaling, Science. 302 (2003) 1162–1163.
A journal article with 2 authors
E. Wandzioch, K.S. Zaret, Dynamic signaling network for the specification of embryonic pancreas and liver progenitors, Science. 324 (2009) 1707–1710.
A journal article with 3 authors
H.I. Yoo, M.W. Barsoum, T. El-Raghy, Ti3SiC2 has negligible thermopower, Nature. 407 (2000) 581–582.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
S. Kanamaru, P.G. Leiman, V.A. Kostyuchenko, P.R. Chipman, V.V. Mesyanzhinov, F. Arisaka, M.G. Rossmann, Structure of the cell-puncturing device of bacteriophage T4, Nature. 415 (2002) 553–557.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Q. Guochao, T. Shuyu, Z. Min, J. Chun, The Environment and Landscape in Motorway Design, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2014.
An edited book
J. Akiyama, Treks into Intuitive Geometry: The World of Polygons and Polyhedra, Springer Japan, Tokyo, 2015.
A chapter in an edited book
A.J. Barnes, Childhood Stress and Resilience, in: M.R. Korin (Ed.), Health Promotion for Children and Adolescents, Springer US, Boston, MA, 2016: pp. 85–98.

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 Bulletin of Faculty of Pharmacy, Cairo University.

Blog post
K. Evans, That “Guilty” Look That Your Dog Is Giving You Isn’t Actually Guilt, IFLScience. (2017). (accessed October 30, 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
Government Accountability Office, Electronic Signature: Sanction of the Department of State’s System, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2000.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
A.M. Stewart, Estimation of urban-enhanced infiltration and groundwater recharge, Sierra Vista subbasin, southeast Arizona USA, Doctoral dissertation, University of Arizona, 2014.

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
L. Greenhouse, Justices Hear Arguments On Late-Term Abortion, New York Times. (2006) A25.

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 titleBulletin of Faculty of Pharmacy, Cairo University
ISSN (print)1110-0931

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