How to format your references using the International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy. 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
1. Dodt H-U. Microscopy. The superresolved brain. Science. 2015;347:474–5.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. Egnatchik RA, DeBerardinis RJ. Metabolism: Growth in the fat lane. Nature. 2015;520:165–6.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. Willis KJ, Gillson L, Brncic TM. Ecology. How “virgin” is virgin rainforest? Science. 2004;304:402–3.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
1. Li J, Bursten BE, Liang B, Andrews L. Noble gas-actinide compounds: complexation of the CUO molecule by Ar, Kr, and Xe atoms in noble gas matrices. Science. 2002;295:2242–5.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. Fink JK. Metallized and Magnetic Polymers. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2016.
An edited book
1. Carnegie PJ, King VT, Zawawi I, editors. Human Insecurities in Southeast Asia. Singapore: Springer; 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
1. Da Poian AT, Castanho MARB. The Regulation of Metabolisms. In: Castanho MARB, editor. Integrative Human Biochemistry: A Textbook for Medical Biochemistry. New York, NY: Springer; 2015. p. 157–84.

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 International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy.

Blog post
1. Andrew E. This Eco-Friendly Capsule Home Would Let You Live Off The Grid Anywhere In The World [Internet]. IFLScience. IFLScience; 2015 [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
1. Government Accountability Office. School Dropouts: Education Could Play a Stronger Role in Identifying and Disseminating Promising Prevention Strategies. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 2002 Feb. Report No.: GAO-02-240.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1. Dinh W. Elderly Vietnamese’ perceptions of the effects of Adult Day Health Care services on their mental and physical well-being [Doctoral dissertation]. [Long Beach, CA]: California State University, Long Beach; 2009.

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
1. Greenhouse L. Case on Police Searches Pits State Laws Against Federal. New York Times. 2008 Jan 15;A15.

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 titleInternational Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
AbbreviationInt. J. Clin. Pharm.
ISSN (print)2210-7703
ISSN (online)2210-7711
ScopePharmacology (medical)
Pharmaceutical Science

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