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
D.W. Pratt, Molecular dynamics. Biomolecules see the light, Science. 296 (2002) 2347–2348.
A journal article with 2 authors
C.W. Schadt, A. Rosling, FUNGAL BIOGEOGRAPHY. Comment on “Global diversity and geography of soil fungi,” Science. 348 (2015) 1438.
A journal article with 3 authors
H. Gawronski, M. Mehlhorn, K. Morgenstern, Imaging phonon excitation with atomic resolution, Science. 319 (2008) 930–933.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Z. Liang, T. Feng, S. Lok, F. Liu, K.B. Ng, C.H. Chan, J. Wang, S. Han, S. Lee, J. Li, Space-coiling metamaterials with double negativity and conical dispersion, Sci. Rep. 3 (2013) 1614.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
V. Kumar, J.A. Petersen, Statistical Methods in Customer Relationship Management, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2012.
An edited book
J. Dellheim, F.O. Wolf, eds., Rosa Luxemburg: A Permanent Challenge for Political Economy: On the History and the Present of Luxemburg’s “Accumulation of Capital,” Palgrave Macmillan UK, London, 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
T.R. Vetter, Assessment Tools in Pediatric Chronic Pain: Reliability and Validity, in: B.C. McClain, S. Suresh (Eds.), Handbook of Pediatric Chronic Pain: Current Science and Integrative Practice, Springer, New York, NY, 2011: pp. 63–85.

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 European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry.

Blog post
J. Davis, Norwegian Governments Votes To Go Carbon Neutral By 2030, 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, Digital Television Transition: Preliminary Information on Initial Consumer Education Efforts, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2007.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
S.M. Limpert, A Qualitative Study of Learning Spaces at a Midwest Elementary School and its Relationship to Student Attitudes about Reading, Doctoral dissertation, Lindenwood 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
J. Eligon, Two of the Best Get a Reward: Each Other, New York Times. (2016) D3.

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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