How to format your references using the Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry (Curr Top Med Chem). 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
Cho, A. Computer Science. Quantum or Not, Controversial Computer Yields No Speedup. Science, 2014, 344, 1330–1331.
A journal article with 2 authors
Schneider, D.S.; Chambers, M.C. Microbiology. Rogue Insect Immunity. Science, 2008, 322, 1199–1200.
A journal article with 3 authors
Kerr, J.T.; Kharouba, H.M.; Currie, D.J. The Macroecological Contribution to Global Change Solutions. Science, 2007, 316, 1581–1584.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Polin, M.; Tuval, I.; Drescher, K.; Gollub, J.P.; Goldstein, R.E. Chlamydomonas Swims with Two “Gears” in a Eukaryotic Version of Run-and-Tumble Locomotion. Science, 2009, 325, 487–490.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Center for Chemical Process Safety. Guidelines for Implementing Process Safety Management Systems; John Wiley & Sons, Inc.: Hoboken, NJ, 1994.
An edited book
Euro-Par 2014: Parallel Processing Workshops: Euro-Par 2014 International Workshops, Porto, Portugal, August 25-26, 2014, Revised Selected Papers, Part II; Lopes, L.; Žilinskas, J.; Costan, A.; Cascella, R.G.; Kecskemeti, G.; Jeannot, E.; Cannataro, M.; Ricci, L.; Benkner, S.; Petit, S.; Scarano, V.; Gracia, J.; Hunold, S.; Scott, S.L.; Lankes, S.; Lengauer, C.; Carretero, J.; Breitbart, J.; Alexander, M., Eds.; Lecture Notes in Computer Science; Springer International Publishing: Cham, 2014; Vol. 8806.
A chapter in an edited book
Al-Salman, R.; Dylla, F.; Frommberger, L. An Approach to Qualitative Emergency Management. In: Intelligent Systems for Crisis Management: Geo-information for Disaster Management (Gi4DM) 2012; Zlatanova, S.; Peters, R.; Dilo, A.; Scholten, H., Eds.; Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography; Springer: Berlin, Heidelberg, 2013; pp. 43–50.

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 Topics in Medicinal Chemistry.

Blog post
Andrew, E. Cosmic Radiation: The Dawn Of New Physics Or Statistical Slip-Up? (Accessed Oct 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. Highlights of a Forum: Financial Literacy: The Role of the Workplace; GAO-15-639SP; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 2015.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Rensing, R.I. Developing a Notebook Protocol for the High School Chemistry Classroom. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach: Long Beach, CA, 2012.

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
Kimmelman, M. Who Will Fix Penn Station? New York Times, 2017, C1.

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 Topics in Medicinal Chemistry
AbbreviationCurr. Top. Med. Chem.
ISSN (print)1568-0266
ISSN (online)1873-5294
ScopeGeneral Medicine
Drug Discovery

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