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
Zurek WH. Sub-Planck structure in phase space and its relevance for quantum decoherence. Nature. 2001;412:712–717.
A journal article with 2 authors
Liao J-Q, Nori F. Single-photon quadratic optomechanics. Sci. Rep. 2014;4:6302.
A journal article with 3 authors
Borsa AA, Agnew DC, Cayan DR. Remote Hydrology. Ongoing drought-induced uplift in the western United States. Science. 2014;345:1587–1590.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Percec I, Plenge RM, Nadeau JH, et al. Autosomal dominant mutations affecting X inactivation choice in the mouse. Science. 2002;296:1136–1139.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Good PI. Introduction to Statistics through Resampling Methods and Microsoft Office Excel ®. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2005.
An edited book
Lee M, Hirose A, Hou Z-G, et al., editors. Neural Information Processing: 20th International Conference, ICONIP 2013, Daegu, Korea, November 3-7, 2013. Proceedings, Part III. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
Nenycz-Thiel M, Romaniuk J. Buying of Private Labels Across Categories: How Far Is too far? In: Martínez-López FJ, Gázquez-Abad JC, Sethuraman R, editors. Advances in National Brand and Private Label Marketing: Second International Conference, 2015. Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2015. p. 35–42.

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
Andrew E. The Hunt: A Natural History Series That Challenges Us To Side With The Predators. IFLScience. IFLScience; 2015.


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. The School Dropout Problem. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1986. Report No.: 129915. .

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Bratton EW. Clinical management and outcomes of patients in the Duke Cryptococcosis Clinical Cohort, 1996 - 2009 [Doctoral dissertation]. [Chapel Hill, NC]: University of North Carolina; 2012.

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
Poniewozik J. Clawing Her Way Back to Normal. New York Times. 2017 Feb 16;C1.

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 [1,1].
This sentence cites four references [1,1,1,1].

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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