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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Drug Discovery Today: Therapeutic Strategies. 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
[1]
Smaglik P. Risky business. Nature 2003;425:987.
A journal article with 2 authors
[1]
Rockström J, Falkenmark M. Agriculture: increase water harvesting in Africa. Nature 2015;519:283–5.
A journal article with 3 authors
[1]
Pozzi F, Di Matteo T, Aste T. Spread of risk across financial markets: better to invest in the peripheries. Sci Rep 2013;3:1665.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
[1]
Belle MDC, Diekman CO, Forger DB, Piggins HD. Daily electrical silencing in the mammalian circadian clock. Science 2009;326:281–4.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
[1]
Means RS. Green Building: Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2010.
An edited book
[1]
Marques de Sá JP. Minimum Error Entropy Classification. vol. 420. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
[1]
Beltiţă D, Galé JE. Reproducing Kernels and Positivity of Vector Bundles in Infinite Dimensions. In: de Jeu M, de Pagter B, van Gaans O, Veraar M, editors. Ordered Structures and Applications: Positivity VII (Zaanen Centennial Conference), 22-26 July 2013, Leiden, the Netherlands, Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2016, p. 51–75.

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: Therapeutic Strategies.

Blog post
[1]
Carpineti A. Where Did Earth’s Water Come From? 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. Agricultural Attache Role Overseas: What He Does and How He Can Be More Effective for the United States. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1975.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
[1]
Emerson JD. The Jambalaya That is My Brain. Doctoral dissertation. University of Cincinnati, 2001.

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]
Vecsey G. Truth Lurks In Spoof Of Singletary. New York Times 2010:B8.

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: Therapeutic Strategies
AbbreviationDrug Discov. Today Ther. Strateg.
ISSN (print)1740-6773
ScopeMolecular Medicine
Drug Discovery
Pharmacology

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