How to format your references using the Current Pharmacology Reports citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Current Pharmacology Reports. 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
1. zur Hausen H. Science addict. Nature. 2011;478:S12.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. Quist D, Chapela IH. Transgenic DNA introgressed into traditional maize landraces in Oaxaca, Mexico. Nature. 2001;414:541–3.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. Medina PP, Nolde M, Slack FJ. OncomiR addiction in an in vivo model of microRNA-21-induced pre-B-cell lymphoma. Nature. 2010;467:86–90.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
1. Torres V, Ortuño R, Rodríguez-Ulibarri P, Griol A, Martínez A, Navarro-Cía M, et al. Mid-infrared plasmonic inductors: enhancing inductance with meandering lines. Sci Rep. 2014;4:3592.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. Green SD. Making Sense of Construction Improvement. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell; 2011.
An edited book
1. Apolloni B, Bassis S, Esposito A, Morabito FC, editors. Neural Nets and Surroundings: 22nd Italian Workshop on Neural Nets, WIRN 2012, May 17-19, Vietri sul Mare, Salerno, Italy. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
1. Nenycz-Thiel M, Romaniuk J. Buying of Private Labels Across Categories: How Far Is too far? In: Martínez-López FJ, Gázquez-Abad JC, Sethuraman R, editors. Advances in National Brand and Private Label Marketing: Second International Conference, 2015. Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2015. p. 35–42.

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 Current Pharmacology Reports.

Blog post
1. Fang J. Baby Bats Learn Sounds by Mimicking their Moms. IFLScience. IFLScience; 2015.


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
1. Government Accountability Office. Electronic Government: National Archives and Records Administration’s Fiscal Year 2011 Expenditure Plan. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 2011 Mar. Report No.: GAO-11-299.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1. Soltani A. Parenting and disciplinary practices of Iranian mothers: A quantitative study [Doctoral dissertation]. [Long Beach, CA]: California State University, Long Beach; 2015.

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
1. Saslow L. Graduation Rates Rise, and Bar Is Raised. New York Times. 2008 Aug 17;LI2.

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 titleCurrent Pharmacology Reports
AbbreviationCurr. Pharmacol. Rep.
ISSN (online)2198-641X

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