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
M.J. van der Leij, Sociology. Experimenting with buddies, Science. 334 (2011) 1220–1221.
A journal article with 2 authors
S.A. West, B.C. Sheldon, Constraints in the evolution of sex ratio adjustment, Science. 295 (2002) 1685–1688.
A journal article with 3 authors
T. Säterberg, S. Sellman, B. Ebenman, High frequency of functional extinctions in ecological networks, Nature. 499 (2013) 468–470.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
P.X. Gao, Y. Ding, W. Mai, W.L. Hughes, C. Lao, Z.L. Wang, Conversion of zinc oxide nanobelts into superlattice-structured nanohelices, Science. 309 (2005) 1700–1704.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
R. Stone, J.D. Gutiérrez-Albilla, A Companion to Luis Buñuel, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford, UK, 2013.
An edited book
V.V. Mityushev, M. Ruzhansky, eds., Analytic Methods in Interdisciplinary Applications, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2015.
A chapter in an edited book
W.B. Lawson, A. Lawson, Disparities in Mental Health Diagnosis and Treatment Among African Americans: Implications for the Correctional Systems, in: B. Sanders, Y.F. Thomas, B. Griffin Deeds (Eds.), Crime, HIV and Health: Intersections of Criminal Justice and Public Health Concerns, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2013: pp. 81–91.

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
E. Andrew, Hang Gliders Could Be Heading To Mars, IFLScience. (2015). (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, Vocational Education: Changes at High School Level After Amendments to Perkins Act, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1995.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
J. Cornelius, Five Minute Meditation Used to Impact Workplace Meetings, Doctoral dissertation, Pepperdine University, 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
M. Pilon, Rare Medal Sweep for the United States, New York Times. (2014) B16.

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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