How to format your references using the Marine Drugs citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Marine Drugs. 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
Adam, D. Fatal rocket accident puts question mark over Soyuz’s safety. Nature 2002, 419, 766.
A journal article with 2 authors
Wilkinson, K.; Hershko, A. Irwin Allan Rose (1926-2015). Nature 2015, 523, 532.
A journal article with 3 authors
Jasny, B.R.; Zahn, L.M.; Marshall, E. Complex systems and networks. Connections. Introduction. Science 2009, 325, 405.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Reiling, E.; Speksnijder, E.N.; Pronk, A.C.M.; van den Berg, S.A.A.; Neggers, S.J.W.; Rietbroek, I.; van Steeg, H.; Dollé, M.E.T. Human TP53 polymorphism (rs1042522) modelled in mouse does not affect glucose metabolism and body composition. Sci. Rep. 2014, 4, 4091.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Rowlinson, M. A Practical Guide to the NEC3 Engineering and Construction Contract; Wiley-Blackwell: Oxford, UK, 2010; ISBN 9781444340181.
An edited book
Primate Craniofacial Function and Biology; Vinyard, C., Ravosa, M.J., Wall, C., Eds.; Developments In Primatology: Progress and Prospects; Springer US: Boston, MA, 2008; ISBN 9780387765846.
A chapter in an edited book
Afamasaga-Fuata’i, K.; McPhan, G. Concept Maps as Innovative Learning and Assessment Tools in Primary Schools. In Concept Mapping in Mathematics: Research into Practice; Afamasaga-Fuata’i, K., Ed.; Springer US: Boston, MA, 2009; pp. 87–113 ISBN 9780387891934.

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 Marine Drugs.

Blog post
Andrew, E. Amazing Animal Sensory Perception Available online: (accessed on Oct 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 Year 2000 Computing Challenge: Estimated Costs, Planned Uses of Emergency Funding, and Future Implications; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 1999;

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Gaete, D.O. Investigation of intuitive eating after intervention measured by the Intuitive Eating Scale. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach: Long Beach, CA, 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
Borjas, G. The Immigration Debate We Need. New York Times 2017, A21.

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 titleMarine Drugs
AbbreviationMar. Drugs
ISSN (online)1660-3397
ScopeDrug Discovery

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