How to format your references using the Chemical Biology & Drug Design citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Chemical Biology & Drug Design. 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
N. Savage, Nature 2015, 526, S98.
A journal article with 2 authors
P. Cermeño, P. G. Falkowski, Science 2009, 325, 1539.
A journal article with 3 authors
U. Brose, R. J. Williams, N. D. Martinez, Science 2003, 301, 918; author reply 918.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
M. M. Helsen, M. R. van den Broeke, R. S. W. van de Wal, W. J. van de Berg, E. van Meijgaard, C. H. Davis, et al., Science 2008, 320, 1626.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
W. Zhang, M. Wan, Milling Simulation, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2016.
An edited book
Integrated Cardiothoracic Imaging with MDCT, Rémy-Jardin, M., Rémy, J., Eds., Medical Radiology, Diagnostic Imaging, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2009.
A chapter in an edited book
M. Schneider, In Citation Classics from Social Indicators Research: The Most Cited Articles Edited and Introduced by Alex C. Michalos, Michalos, A. C., Ed., Social Indicators Research Series, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2005, pp. 101–115.

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 Chemical Biology & Drug Design.

Blog post
J. O`Callaghan, NASA Is Not Changing The Signs Of The Zodiac (But Your Horoscope Is Still Meaningless). IFLScience 2016.


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, Analysis of NASA’s Supplemental FY 1979 Budget Request, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1979.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
M. Rouhani, Overdose prevention and naloxone distribution: A grant project. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA, 2013.

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
C. Kelly, Men Who Know What to Do With Sparkly Eye Shadow. New York Times 2017, B5.

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 titleChemical Biology & Drug Design
AbbreviationChem. Biol. Drug Des.
ISSN (print)1747-0277
ISSN (online)1747-0285
Molecular Medicine

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