How to format your references using the International Journal of Drug Policy citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for International Journal of Drug Policy. 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
Blow, N. (2009). Glycobiology: A spoonful of sugar. Nature, 457(7229), 617–620.
A journal article with 2 authors
Rowe, T., & Frank, L. R. (2011). The disappearing third dimension. Science (New York, N.Y.), 331(6018), 712–714.
A journal article with 3 authors
Rignot, E., Mouginot, J., & Scheuchl, B. (2011). Ice flow of the Antarctic ice sheet. Science (New York, N.Y.), 333(6048), 1427–1430.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Tatsuo, H., Ono, N., Tanaka, K., & Yanagi, Y. (2000). SLAM (CDw150) is a cellular receptor for measles virus. Nature, 406(6798), 893–897.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Michaud, T. (2017). Innovation, Between Science and Science Fiction. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Kryszkiewicz, M., Cornelis, C., Ciucci, D., Medina-Moreno, J., Motoda, H., & Raś, Z. W. (Eds.). (2014). Rough Sets and Intelligent Systems Paradigms: Second International Conference, RSEISP 2014, Held as Part of JRS 2014, Granada and Madrid, Spain, July 9-13, 2014. Proceedings (Vol. 8537). Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Barletta, M., Ranise, S., & Viganò, L. (2013). Automated Analysis of Scenario-Based Specifications of Distributed Access Control Policies with Non-mechanizable Activities. In A. Jøsang, P. Samarati, & M. Petrocchi (Eds.), Security and Trust Management: 8th International Workshop, STM 2012, Pisa, Italy, September 13-14, 2012, Revised Selected Papers (pp. 49–64). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.

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 Drug Policy.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015, August 14). New Young Planet Could Help Unlock Jupiter’s Past. Retrieved October 30, 2018, 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
Government Accountability Office. (2006). No Child Left Behind Act: States Face Challenges Measuring Academic Growth (No. GAO-06-948T). Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Addington, L. M. (2012). Students’ Preferences for Information Sources during the Undergraduate College Search Process: The Influence of Technology (Doctoral dissertation). George Washington University, Washington, DC.

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
Williams, J. (2016, August 22). Gifted Frenemies, Egging Each Other on to Greatness. New York Times, p. C1.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Blow, 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Blow, 2009; Rowe & Frank, 2011).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Rowe & Frank, 2011)
  • Three authors: (Rignot, Mouginot, & Scheuchl, 2011)
  • 6 or more authors: (Tatsuo, Ono, Tanaka, & Yanagi, 2000)

About the journal

Full journal titleInternational Journal of Drug Policy
AbbreviationInt. J. Drug Policy
ISSN (print)0955-3959
ScopeMedicine (miscellaneous)
Health Policy

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