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
E. Tilgner, Mantophasmatodea: a new insect order?, Science. 297 (2002) 731; discussion 731.
A journal article with 2 authors
X. Wang, Z. Zhou, Palaeontology: pterosaur embryo from the Early Cretaceous, Nature. 429 (2004) 621.
A journal article with 3 authors
C.R.W. Ellison, M.R. Chapman, I.R. Hall, Surface and deep ocean interactions during the cold climate event 8200 years ago, Science. 312 (2006) 1929–1932.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
V.M. Tesmer, T. Kawano, A. Shankaranarayanan, T. Kozasa, J.J.G. Tesmer, Snapshot of activated G proteins at the membrane: the Galphaq-GRK2-Gbetagamma complex, Science. 310 (2005) 1686–1690.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
J. Dubé, D. Legros, Spatial Econometrics Using Microdata, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2014.
An edited book
J.-P. Fouque, Wave Propagation and Time Reversal in Randomly Layered Media, Springer, New York, NY, 2007.
A chapter in an edited book
L. Bauer, J. Henkel, The RISPP Run-Time System, in: J. Henkel (Ed.), Run-Time Adaptation for Reconfigurable Embedded Processors, Springer, New York, NY, 2011: pp. 55–124.

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
A. Carpineti, Curious Material Can Form A Completely New Type Of Light, IFLScience. (2016). (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, No Child Left Behind Act: Improvements Needed in Education’s Process for Tracking States’ Implementation of Key Provisions, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2004.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
M.J. Nevin, Addressing the Learning Outcomes and Assessment Methods Associated with Participation in Student Government Associations: A Qualitative Study of California Community Colleges, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 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
M.W. Walsh, Bankruptcy Filing Raises Doubts About a Bond Repayment Pledge, New York Times. (2011) B1.

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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