How to format your references using the Future Medicinal Chemistry citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Future Medicinal Chemistry. 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
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Fields RD. Neuroscience. Myelin--more than insulation. Science. 344(6181), 264–266 (2014).
A journal article with 2 authors
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Sharma A, Hartwig JF. Metal-catalysed azidation of tertiary C-H bonds suitable for late-stage functionalization. Nature. 517(7536), 600–604 (2015).
A journal article with 3 authors
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de Jong PW, van Lenteren JC, Raak-van den Berg CL. Comment on “Invasive harlequin ladybird carries biological weapons against native competitors.” Science. 341(6152), 1342 (2013).
A journal article with 7 or more authors
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Dubrova YE, Plumb M, Gutierrez B, Boulton E, Jeffreys AJ. Transgenerational mutation by radiation. Nature. 405(6782), 37 (2000).

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
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Price J. The Conscious Investor. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
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Donaldson A, Parker D, editors. Model Checking Software: 19th International Workshop, SPIN 2012, Oxford, UK, July 23-24, 2012. Proceedings. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
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García CR, Quesada-Arencibia A, Cristóbal T, Padrón G, Pérez R, Alayón F. Using Ambient Intelligence to Improve Public Transport Accessibility. In: Ubiquitous Computing and Ambient Intelligence. Personalisation and User Adapted Services: 8th International Conference, UCAmI 2014, Belfast, UK, December 2-5, 2014. Proceedings. Hervás R, Lee S, Nugent C, Bravo J (Eds.), Springer International Publishing, Cham, 17–20 (2014).

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 Medicinal Chemistry.

Blog post
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Carpineti A. Gravitational Waves Are Produced Quickly In Galaxy Mergers [Internet]. IFLScience (2016). Available from: https://www.iflscience.com/space/gravitational-waves-are-produced-quickly-in-galaxy-mergers/.

Reports

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
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Government Accountability Office. General Aviation: Security Assessments at Selected Airports. 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
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Lefebvre K. Racial Prejudice, Individualism, and Political Identity: Understanding the Forty-Year Trend of Anti-Welfare Spending Preferences. (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
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Rothenberg B. Engaged Players Are on Same Side, Even in Singles. New York Times, SP5 (2017).

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 titleFuture Medicinal Chemistry
AbbreviationFuture Med. Chem.
ISSN (print)1756-8919
ISSN (online)1756-8927
ScopeMolecular Medicine
Drug Discovery
Pharmacology

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