How to format your references using the Future Journal of Pharmaceutical sciences citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Future 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
H. Gavaghan, Companies of all sizes are prospecting for proteins, Nature. 404 (2000) 684–686.
A journal article with 2 authors
J.A. Rosenkranz, A.A. Grace, Dopamine-mediated modulation of odour-evoked amygdala potentials during pavlovian conditioning, Nature. 417 (2002) 282–287.
A journal article with 3 authors
D.P. Dubal, R. Holze, P. Gomez-Romero, Development of hybrid materials based on sponge supported reduced graphene oxide and transition metal hydroxides for hybrid energy storage devices, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 7349.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
T.B. Hallett, T. Coulson, J.G. Pilkington, T.H. Clutton-Brock, J.M. Pemberton, B.T. Grenfell, Why large-scale climate indices seem to predict ecological processes better than local weather, Nature. 430 (2004) 71–75.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
A. Neuber, T. Nuttall, Diagnostic Techniques in Veterinary Dermatology, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Oxford, UK, 2017.
An edited book
F. Ortuño, I. Rojas, eds., Bioinformatics and Biomedical Engineering: Third International Conference, IWBBIO 2015, Granada, Spain, April 15-17, 2015. Proceedings, Part II, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2015.
A chapter in an edited book
S. George, Nanomaterial Properties: Implications for Safe Medical Applications of Nanotechnology, in: A. Kishen (Ed.), Nanotechnology in Endodontics: Current and Potential Clinical Applications, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2015: pp. 45–69.

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 Future Journal of Pharmaceutical sciences.

Blog post
D. Andrew, Enormous Sinkhole Opens Up In Manchester, IFLScience. (2015). (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, Insights Into CETA’s In-School Youth Programs, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1982.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
K.C. Knoth, Biological Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experiences: An Examination of an Introductory Level Implementation, Doctoral dissertation, Southern Illinois 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
N. George, Black-and-White Struggle With a Rosy Glow, New York Times. (2011) AR1.

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 titleFuture Journal of Pharmaceutical sciences
AbbreviationFutur. J. Pharm. Sci.
ISSN (print)2314-7245

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