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. 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
Doudna, J. Genome-Editing Revolution: My Whirlwind Year with CRISPR. Nature, 2015, 528, 469–471.
A journal article with 2 authors
Wu-Baer, F.; Baer, R. Effect of DNA Damage on a BRCA1 Complex. Nature, 2001, 414, 36.
A journal article with 3 authors
Rossa, F.D.; Dercole, F.; Piccardi, C. Profiling Core-Periphery Network Structure by Random Walkers. Sci. Rep., 2013, 3, 1467.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Wilmut, I.; Beaujean, N.; de Sousa, P.A.; Dinnyes, A.; King, T.J.; Paterson, L.A.; Wells, D.N.; Young, L.E. Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer. Nature, 2002, 419, 583–586.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Labuszewski, J.W.; Nyhoff, J.E.; Co, R.; Peterson, P.E. The CME Group Risk Management Handbook; John Wiley & Sons, Inc.: Hoboken, NJ, 2010.
An edited book
COOP 2016: Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on the Design of Cooperative Systems, 23-27 May 2016, Trento, Italy; De Angeli, A.; Bannon, L.; Marti, P.; Bordin, S., Eds.; Springer International Publishing: Cham, 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
Dooley, K.; Exley, B. Afterschool MediaClub: Critical Literacy in a High-Diversity, High-Poverty Urban Setting. In: Critical Literacy Practice: Applications of Critical Theory in Diverse Settings; Yoon, B.; Sharif, R., Eds.; Springer: Singapore, 2015; pp. 41–56.

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
Luntz, S. Crows Can’t Get The Hang Of Teamwork. (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. Student Consolidation Loans: Potential Effects of Making Fiscal Year 2006 Consolidation Loans Exclusively through the Direct Loan Program; GAO-06-195; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 2005.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Rakusin, L.L. Intervening to Reduce Adolescent Substance Abuse: A Grant Proposal. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach: Long Beach, CA, 2010.

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
Greenhouse, L. Justices to Consider Impact of Mental Illness on Death Penalty. New York Times, 2007, A12.

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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