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
Dermitzakis, E.T. Genome-Sequencing Anniversary. Genome Literacy. Science, 2011, 331, 689–690.
A journal article with 2 authors
Grabbe, C.; Dikic, I. Cell Biology. Going Global on Ubiquitin. Science, 2008, 322, 872–873.
A journal article with 3 authors
Powner, M.W.; Gerland, B.; Sutherland, J.D. Synthesis of Activated Pyrimidine Ribonucleotides in Prebiotically Plausible Conditions. Nature, 2009, 459, 239–242.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Tang, Y.; Shi, J.; Li, S.; Wang, L.; Cayre, Y.E.; Chen, Y. Microfluidic Device with Integrated Microfilter of Conical-Shaped Holes for High Efficiency and High Purity Capture of Circulating Tumor Cells. Sci. Rep., 2014, 4, 6052.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Adams, F.; Aizawa, K. The Bounds of Cognition; Wiley-Blackwell: Oxford, UK, 2010.
An edited book
The Norwegian Language in the Digital Age: Nynorskversjon; Rehm, G.; Uszkoreit, H., Eds.; White Paper Series; Springer: Berlin, Heidelberg, 2012.
A chapter in an edited book
Schneider, K. Comment on: EU Export Specialization Patterns in Selected Accession Countries. In: Structural Change and Exchange Rate Dynamics: The Economics of EU Eastern Enlargement; Welfens, P.J.J.; Wziątek-Kubiak, A., Eds.; Springer: Berlin, Heidelberg, 2005; pp. 73–78.

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
Davis, J. Humans Might Have A Sense Of Taste For Water. (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. Management of Research and Development in Electronics-Communications Equipment Needs Improvement; B-165008; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 1971.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Herman, R.L. Servant Leadership: A Model for Organizations Desiring a Workplace Spirituality Culture. Doctoral dissertation, Capella University: Minneapolis, MN, 2008.

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
Brantley, B. Doomed Youth, Potent Despair. 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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