How to format your references using the Drug Discovery Today: Technologies citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Drug Discovery Today: Technologies. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
[1]
Westall F. Evolution. Life on the early Earth: a sedimentary view. Science 2005;308:366–7.
A journal article with 2 authors
[1]
Seife C, Malakoff D. PHYSICS: Will Livermore Laser Ever Burn Brightly? Science 2000;289:1126–9.
A journal article with 3 authors
[1]
Labeit A, Peinemann F, Kedir A. Cervical cancer screening service utilisation in UK. Sci Rep 2013;3:2362.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
[1]
Musallam S, Corneil BD, Greger B, Scherberger H, Andersen RA. Cognitive control signals for neural prosthetics. Science 2004;305:258–62.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
[1]
Lakshminarayana B. Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer of Turbomachinery. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2007.
An edited book
[1]
Mus-Veteau I, editor. Membrane Proteins Production for Structural Analysis. New York, NY: Springer; 2014.
A chapter in an edited book
[1]
Swami NV, Sirsat NB, Holambe PR. Light Fidelity (Li-Fi): In Mobile Communication and Ubiquitous Computing Applications. In: Chakrabarti A, Sharma N, Balas VE, editors. Advances in Computing Applications, Singapore: Springer; 2016, p. 75–85.

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 Drug Discovery Today: Technologies.

Blog post
[1]
Fang J. NASA’s New Horizons Readies for This Summer’s Pluto Flyby. IFLScience 2015.

Reports

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
[1]
Government Accountability Office. Quality Assurance Independence. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1994.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
[1]
Lamb BK. A Comparison of Carbon Dioxide Emissions at a Roundabout and a Signalized Intersection in a Mid-Sized City. Doctoral dissertation. Southern Illinois University, 2015.

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
[1]
Prochnik G. He Remade Kings. New York Times 2017:BR17.

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 titleDrug Discovery Today: Technologies
AbbreviationDrug Discov. Today Technol.
ISSN (print)1740-6749
ScopeBiotechnology
Molecular Medicine
Drug Discovery

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