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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Tsai JW. The M.D.-Ph.D. double agent. Science. 350(6266), 1434 (2015).
A journal article with 2 authors
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Walck J, Dixon K. Time to future-proof plants in storage. Nature. 462(7274), 721 (2009).
A journal article with 3 authors
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Greene CH, Monger BC, McGarry LP. Ecology. Some like it cold. Science. 324(5928), 733–734 (2009).
A journal article with 7 or more authors
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Wall S, Yang S, Vidas L, et al. Ultrafast disordering of vanadium dimers in photoexcited VO2. Science. 362(6414), 572–576 (2018).

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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Dunlop J, Girma D, Irvine J. Digital Mobile Communications and the Tetra System. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., West Sussex, England.
An edited book
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Hashim MA, editor. ICGSCE 2014: Proceedings of the International Conference on Global Sustainability and Chemical Engineering. Springer, Singapore.
A chapter in an edited book
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Morandini M, Penserini L, Perini A, Susi A. Refining Goal Models by Evaluating System Behaviour. In: Agent-Oriented Software Engineering VIII: 8th International Workshop, AOSE 2007, Honolulu, HI, USA, May 14, 2007, Revised Selected Papers. Luck M, Padgham L (Eds.), Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 44–57 (2008).

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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Andrew E. A Beginner’s Guide To Understanding Stem Cells [Internet]. IFLScience (2015). Available from: https://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/beginner-s-guide-understanding-stem-cells/.

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. Next Generation Air Transportation System: Preliminary Analysis of Progress and Challenges Associated with the Transformation of the National Airspace System. 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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Bourgault RR. Multi-scale pedologic investigation of manganiferous soils in the Maryland Piedmont. (2008).

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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Eligon J. From Angry Student to Board Member. New York Times, A10 (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 [1,2].
This sentence cites four references [1–4].

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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