How to format your references using the Drugs - Real World Outcomes citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Drugs - Real World Outcomes. 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. Jones CW. Materials science. Zeolites go organic. Science. 2003;300:439–40.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. Maslin M, Austin P. Uncertainty: Climate models at their limit? Nature. 2012;486:183–4.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. Reddien PW, Cameron S, Horvitz HR. Phagocytosis promotes programmed cell death in C. elegans. Nature. 2001;412:198–202.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
1. Obraztsov PA, Kaplas T, Garnov SV, Kuwata-Gonokami M, Obraztsov AN, Svirko YP. All-optical control of ultrafast photocurrents in unbiased graphene. Sci Rep. 2014;4:4007.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. Hessel V, Löwe H, Müller A, Kolb G. Chemical Micro Process Engineering. Weinheim, FRG: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA; 2005.
An edited book
1. He X, Hua E, Lin Y, Liu X, editors. Computer, Informatics, Cybernetics and Applications: Proceedings of the CICA 2011. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands; 2012.
A chapter in an edited book
1. Yorke J, Vidovich L. Theoretical Frameworks for Policy Analysis. In: Vidovich L, editor. Learning Standards and the Assessment of Quality in Higher Education: Contested Policy Trajectories. Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2016. p. 69–87.

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 Drugs - Real World Outcomes.

Blog post
1. Andrews R. The Zika Virus Could Hide In Eyes And Spread Through Tears [Internet]. IFLScience. IFLScience; 2016 [cited 2018 Oct 30]. Available from:


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. Aviation Safety: Commuter Airports Should Participate in the Airport Certification Program. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1987 Nov. Report No.: RCED-88-41.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1. Wilkerson MR. The Relationship Between Caring School Community Program Implementation and Elementary Student Achievement [Doctoral dissertation]. [ St. Charles, MO]: Lindenwood University; 2011.

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. Hubbard G. Obama’s Bad Economic Ideas. New York Times. 2015 Jan 21;A27.

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 titleDrugs - Real World Outcomes
AbbreviationDrugs Real World Outcomes
ISSN (print)2199-1154
ISSN (online)2198-9788

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