How to format your references using the European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for European Journal of 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.
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
G.J. Jensen, Cell biology. Protein filaments caught in the act, Science. 323 (2009) 472–473.
A journal article with 2 authors
P. Ghosez, J.-M. Triscone, Materials physics: reactive walls, Nature. 515 (2014) 348–350.
A journal article with 3 authors
M. Oxborrow, J.D. Breeze, N.M. Alford, Room-temperature solid-state maser, Nature. 488 (2012) 353–356.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
F. Giacco, M.P. Ciamarra, L. Saggese, L. de Arcangelis, E. Lippiello, Non-monotonic dependence of the friction coefficient on heterogeneous stiffness, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 6772.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
P.B. Radcliff, Modern Spain, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2017.
An edited book
K.R. Hakeem, M.S. Akhtar, eds., Plant, Soil and Microbes: Volume 2: Mechanisms and Molecular Interactions, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
J.J. Näppi, D. Regge, H. Yoshida, Comparative Performance of Random Forest and Support Vector Machine Classifiers for Detection of Colorectal Lesions in CT Colonography, in: H. Yoshida, G. Sakas, M.G. Linguraru (Eds.), Abdominal Imaging. Computational and Clinical Applications: Third International Workshop, Held in Conjunction with MICCAI 2011, Toronto, ON, Canada, September 18, 2011, Revised Selected Papers, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2012: pp. 27–34.

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 European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry.

Blog post
E. Andrew, There Are Also Drawbacks To Being Bilingual, IFLScience. (2016). (accessed October 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, Increased Use of Expanded Function Dental Auxiliaries Would Benefit Consumers, Dentists, and Taxpayers, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1980.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
R. Jin, Graph-Based Rhythm Interpretation in Optical Music Recognition, Doctoral dissertation, Indiana University, 2017.

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
G. Vecsey, Bell Rings Again at Yankee Stadium, New York Times. (2010) D5.

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 titleEuropean Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
AbbreviationEur. J. Med. Chem.
ISSN (print)0223-5234
ScopeOrganic Chemistry
General Medicine
Drug Discovery

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