How to format your references using the Journal of Drug Delivery Science and Technology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Drug Delivery Science and Technology. 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
L. Melton, Pharmacogenetics and genotyping: on the trail of SNPs, Nature. 422 (2003) 917, 919, 921, 923.
A journal article with 2 authors
L. Schmitz, R. Motani, Nocturnality in dinosaurs inferred from scleral ring and orbit morphology, Science. 332 (2011) 705–708.
A journal article with 3 authors
A. Marimuthu, J. Zhang, S. Linic, Tuning selectivity in propylene epoxidation by plasmon mediated photo-switching of Cu oxidation state, Science. 339 (2013) 1590–1593.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
P. Petrovic, E. Kalso, K.M. Petersson, M. Ingvar, Placebo and opioid analgesia-- imaging a shared neuronal network, Science. 295 (2002) 1737–1740.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Z. Zhu, A.K. Nandi, Automatic Modulation Classification, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2014.
An edited book
E. Gilbert-Barness, Handbook of Pediatric Autopsy Pathology, Second Edition, Springer, New York, NY, 2014.
A chapter in an edited book
P.T.V.M. de Jong, Cataract, Age-Related Macular Degeneration, and Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma: Risk Factors, in: H.P.N. Scholl, R.W. Massof, S. West (Eds.), Ophthalmology and the Ageing Society, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2013: pp. 33–55.

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 Journal of Drug Delivery Science and Technology.

Blog post
B. Taub, The Type Of Contraceptive You Use Could Influence Your Sexual Behavior, IFLScience. (2016). (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, Chief Information Officers: Ensuring Strong Leadership and an Effective Council, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1997.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
N.S. Baker, Bridging the Gap: Finding the Language of Soul, Doctoral dissertation, Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2012.

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
K. Crow, A Smaller Garage Still Looms Large to Some, New York Times. (2002) 146.

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 titleJournal of Drug Delivery Science and Technology
AbbreviationJ. Drug Deliv. Sci. Technol.
ISSN (print)1773-2247
ScopePharmaceutical Science

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