How to format your references using the Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis. 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
L. Kristoufek, Fractal markets hypothesis and the global financial crisis: wavelet power evidence, Sci. Rep. 3 (2013) 2857.
A journal article with 2 authors
C.L. Zindl, D.D. Chaplin, Immunology. Tumor immune evasion, Science. 328 (2010) 697–698.
A journal article with 3 authors
D. Vokrouhlický, D. Nesvorný, W.F. Bottke, The vector alignments of asteroid spins by thermal torques, Nature. 425 (2003) 147–151.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
W.H. Robertson, E.G. Diken, E.A. Price, J.-W. Shin, M.A. Johnson, Spectroscopic determination of the OH- solvation shell in the OH-.(H2O)n clusters, Science. 299 (2003) 1367–1372.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
J.D. Niles, Old English Literature, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2016.
An edited book
O. Gassmann, Leading Pharmaceutical Innovation: Trends and Drivers for Growth in the Pharmaceutical Industry, Second Edition, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2008.
A chapter in an edited book
S. Arshad, The Relationship Between Islamic Stock Markets and Business Cycles: A Regional Perspective, in: N. Alam, S.A.R. Rizvi (Eds.), Islamic Capital Markets: Volatility, Performance and Stability, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2016: pp. 45–65.

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 Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis.

Blog post
S. Luntz, Wolf Spotted In Grand Canyon For The First Time In 70 Years, IFLScience. (2014). (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, Financial Literacy: A Federal Certification Process for Providers Would Pose Challenges, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2011.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
E.M. Aparicio, Examining Latina/o STEM degree aspirations, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 2015.

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.W. Walsh, Untouchable Pensions May Be Tested in California, New York Times. (2012) B1.

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 Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
AbbreviationJ. Pharm. Biomed. Anal.
ISSN (print)0731-7085
ScopeClinical Biochemistry
Analytical Chemistry
Drug Discovery
Pharmaceutical Science

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