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
Moore, D.D. Physiology. Crise de Foie, Redux? Science, 2011, 331, 1275–1276.
A journal article with 2 authors
Diaz, R.J.; Rosenberg, R. Spreading Dead Zones and Consequences for Marine Ecosystems. Science, 2008, 321, 926–929.
A journal article with 3 authors
Lee, K.; Zhang, Y.; Lee, S.E. Saccharomyces Cerevisiae ATM Orthologue Suppresses Break-Induced Chromosome Translocations. Nature, 2008, 454, 543–546.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Kachroo, A.; Schopfer, C.R.; Nasrallah, M.E.; Nasrallah, J.B. Allele-Specific Receptor-Ligand Interactions in Brassica Self-Incompatibility. Science, 2001, 293, 1824–1826.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Gwynne, A. Guide to Building Control; Wiley-Blackwell: Oxford, UK, 2013.
An edited book
Inhibitory Synaptic Plasticity; Woodin, M.A.; Maffei, A., Eds.; 1st ed.; Springer: New York, NY, 2011.
A chapter in an edited book
Suleman, H.; Feng, K.; Mhlongo, S.; Omar, M. Flexing Digital Library Systems. In: Digital Libraries: Implementing Strategies and Sharing Experiences: 8th International Conference on Asian Digital Libraries, ICADL 2005, Bangkok, Thailand, December 12-15, 2005. Proceedings; Fox, E.A.; Neuhold, E.J.; Premsmit, P.; Wuwongse, V., Eds.; Lecture Notes in Computer Science; Springer: Berlin, Heidelberg, 2005; pp. 33–37.

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
Hamilton, K. This 2-Year-Old Has A Maniacal Solution To The Trolley Problem. (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. Commercial Space: FAA Should Examine How to Appropriately Regulate Space Support Vehicles; GAO-17-100; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 2016.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Gimbel, S.I. Imaging Frontal and Medial Temporal Lobe Interaction during Memory Retrieval and Disentangling the Effects of the Default Network. Doctoral dissertation, University of California San Diego: La Jolla, 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
Pilon, M. Fire Survivor and a Possible Olympian: A Horse Named Neville. New York Times, 2012, A1.

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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