How to format your references using the Expert Review of Anticancer Therapy citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Expert Review of Anticancer Therapy. 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
Bradley A. Mining the mouse genome. Nature. 2002;420:512–514.
A journal article with 2 authors
Podgornaia AI, Laub MT. Protein evolution. Pervasive degeneracy and epistasis in a protein-protein interface. Science. 2015;347:673–677.
A journal article with 3 authors
Yuasa S, Nagahama T, Suzuki Y. Spin-polarized resonant tunneling in magnetic tunnel junctions. Science. 2002;297:234–237.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Gong H, He Z, Peng A, et al. Effects of several quinones on insulin aggregation. Sci. Rep. 2014;4:5648.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Lane C. Magnolia. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell; 2011.
An edited book
Baldini F, D’Amico A, Di Natale C, et al., editors. Sensors: Proceedings of the First National Conference on Sensors, Rome 15-17 February, 2012. New York, NY: Springer; 2014.
A chapter in an edited book
Lin S, Huang Z. Comparative Design and Analyses of High-Rise Buildings. In: Huang Z, editor. Comparative Design of Structures: Concepts and Methodologies. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2016. p. 201–252.

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 Expert Review of Anticancer Therapy.

Blog post
Hale T. This Woman Lived Without Lungs For Six Days [Internet]. IFLScience. IFLScience; 2017 [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
Government Accountability Office. Telecommunications: Development of Competition in Local Telephone Markets. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 2000. Report No.: RCED-00-38. .

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Mizokami SK. Fall risk factors among cane and walker users and non-users [Doctoral dissertation]. [Long Beach, CA]: California State University, Long Beach; 2015.

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. ‘A Completely Different’ Kerber Displays Calm, and Then Dominance. New York Times. 2016 Sep 7;B11.

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 titleExpert Review of Anticancer Therapy
AbbreviationExpert Rev. Anticancer Ther.
ISSN (print)1473-7140
ISSN (online)1744-8328
Pharmacology (medical)

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