How to format your references using the European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences. 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
Rizo, J., 2012. Cell biology. Staging membrane fusion. Science 337, 1300–1301.
A journal article with 2 authors
Dar-Nimrod, I., Heine, S.J., 2006. Exposure to scientific theories affects women’s math performance. Science 314, 435.
A journal article with 3 authors
Bohossian, H.B., Skaletsky, H., Page, D.C., 2000. Unexpectedly similar rates of nucleotide substitution found in male and female hominids. Nature 406, 622–625.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Lu, Q.-B., Wo, Y., Wang, L.-Y., Wang, H.-Y., Huang, D.-D., Zhang, X.-A., Liu, W., Cao, W.-C., 2014. Molecular epidemiology of human rhinovirus in children with acute respiratory diseases in Chongqing, China. Sci. Rep. 4, 6686.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Traitler, H., Coleman, B., Hofmann, K., 2015. Food Industry Design, Technology and Innovation. John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Dreyer, K.J., Thrall, J.H., Hirschorn, D.S., Mehta, A. (Eds.), 2006. PACS: A Guide to the Digital Revolution, Second Edition. ed. Springer, New York, NY.
A chapter in an edited book
Grothues, T.M., 2009. A Review of Acoustic Telemetry Technology and a Perspective on its Diversification Relative to Coastal Tracking Arrays, in: Nielsen, J.L., Arrizabalaga, H., Fragoso, N., Hobday, A., Lutcavage, M., Sibert, J. (Eds.), Tagging and Tracking of Marine Animals with Electronic Devices, Reviews: Methods and Technologies in Fish Biology and Fisheries. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, pp. 77–90.

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 Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Blog post
Andrew, E., 2014. Surprising Heat Tolerance In Some Corals May Provide Hope For The Future Of Reefs [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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, 1990. Airline Competition: Passenger Facility Charges Represent a New Funding Source for Airports (No. RCED-91-39). U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Amos, A.E., 2010. Perceptions of the persistent: Academic experiences of first generation community college students (Doctoral dissertation). Capella University, Minneapolis, MN.

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
Rothenberg, B., 2017. Skipping the French Open Is a Strategy That Fits a Unique Player. New York Times B7.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Rizo, 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Dar-Nimrod and Heine, 2006; Rizo, 2012).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Dar-Nimrod and Heine, 2006)
  • Three or more authors: (Lu et al., 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleEuropean Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
AbbreviationEur. J. Pharm. Sci.
ISSN (print)0928-0987
ScopePharmaceutical Science

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