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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for European Journal of Pharmacology. 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
Stachel, J., 2005. 1905 and all that. Nature 433, 215–217.
A journal article with 2 authors
Teagle, D., Ildefonse, B., 2011. Journey to the mantle of the Earth. Nature 471, 437–439.
A journal article with 3 authors
Murakami, K.S., Masuda, S., Darst, S.A., 2002. Structural basis of transcription initiation: RNA polymerase holoenzyme at 4 A resolution. Science 296, 1280–1284.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Ying, Q.-L., Nichols, J., Evans, E.P., Smith, A.G., 2002. Changing potency by spontaneous fusion. Nature 416, 545–548.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Savaux, V., Louët, Y., 2014. MMSE-Based Algorithm for Joint Signal Detection, Channel and Noise Variance Estimation for OFDM Systems. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Hosking, R.J., 2016. Fundamental Fluid Mechanics and Magnetohydrodynamics, 1st ed. 2016. ed. Springer, Singapore.
A chapter in an edited book
Pertijs, M.A.P., Huijsing, J.H., 2006. SIGMA-DELTA ANALOG-TO-DIGITAL CONVERSION, in: Huijsing, J.H. (Ed.), PRECISION TEMPERATURE SENSORS IN CMOS TECHNOLOGY, Analog Circuits and Signal Processing. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, pp. 107–157.

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 Pharmacology.

Blog post
Taub, B., 2016. Rice And Wheat Production Use More Water Than All Other Crops Put Together [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, 1992. Attack Warning: Status of the Survivable Communications Integration System (No. IMTEC-92-61BR). 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
Moeller, R.A., 2008. “No thanks, those are boy books”: A feminist cultural analysis of graphic novels as curricular materials (Doctoral dissertation). Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.

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
Mueller, B., Baker, A.L., 2016. Commissioner Vows Tighter Bond With the Public. New York Times A20.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Stachel, 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Stachel, 2005; Teagle and Ildefonse, 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Teagle and Ildefonse, 2011)
  • Three or more authors: (Ying et al., 2002)

About the journal

Full journal titleEuropean Journal of Pharmacology
AbbreviationEur. J. Pharmacol.
ISSN (print)0014-2999

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