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
Alexander, R.M. Evolution. Enhanced: A Rodent as Big as a Buffalo. Science, 2003, 301, 1678–1679.
A journal article with 2 authors
Li, G.-W.; Xie, X.S. Central Dogma at the Single-Molecule Level in Living Cells. Nature, 2011, 475, 308–315.
A journal article with 3 authors
Hornbach, M.J.; Saffer, D.M.; Holbrook, W.S. Critically Pressured Free-Gas Reservoirs below Gas-Hydrate Provinces. Nature, 2004, 427, 142–144.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Cheong, S.A.; Tan, T.L.; Chen, C.-C.; Chang, W.-L.; Liu, Z.; Chew, L.Y.; Sloot, P.M.A.; Johnson, N.F. Short-Term Forecasting of Taiwanese Earthquakes Using a Universal Model of Fusion-Fission Processes. Sci. Rep., 2014, 4, 3624.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Pasher, E.; Ronen, T. The Complete Guide to Knowledge Management; John Wiley & Sons, Inc.: Hoboken, NJ, 2011.
An edited book
Poverty and Well-Being in East Africa: A Multi-Faceted Economic Approach; Heshmati, A., Ed.; Economic Studies in Inequality, Social Exclusion and Well-Being; Springer International Publishing: Cham, 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
Teichler, U. Commentary on Chapter 2. In: The Nurturing of New Educational Researchers: Dialogues and Debates; Ibarrola, M. de; Anderson, L.W., Eds.; SensePublishers: Rotterdam, 2014; pp. 57–63.

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. Folding Graphene Like Origami May Allow Us To Wear Sensors In Our Skin. (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. Mass Transit Grants: UMTA Needs to Increase Safety Focus at Local Transit Authority; RCED-90-41; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 1989.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Cox, D.C. A Measurement of the Neutral Current Neutrino-Nucleon Elastic Cross Section at MiniBooNE. Doctoral dissertation, Indiana University: Bloomington, IN, 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
Rothenberg, B. Ninth-Seeded Radwanska Exceeds Her Expectations. New York Times, 2017, D3.

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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