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
Bryant, V.M. Archaeology. Invisible Clues to New World Plant Domestication. Science 2003, 299, 1029–1030.
A journal article with 2 authors
Felfly, H.; Klein, O.D. Sprouty Genes Regulate Proliferation and Survival of Human Embryonic Stem Cells. Sci. Rep. 2013, 3, 2277.
A journal article with 3 authors
Shinkai, K.; Mohrs, M.; Locksley, R.M. Helper T Cells Regulate Type-2 Innate Immunity in Vivo. Nature 2002, 420, 825–829.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Gomez-Roman, N.; Grandori, C.; Eisenman, R.N.; White, R.J. Direct Activation of RNA Polymerase III Transcription by C-Myc. Nature 2003, 421, 290–294.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ellis, R. Language Teaching Research and Language Pedagogy; John Wiley & Sons, Ltd: Chichester, UK, 2012; ISBN 9781118271643.
An edited book
Dissipative Solitons; Akhmediev, N., Ankiewicz, A., Eds.; Lecture Notes in Physics; Springer: Berlin, Heidelberg, 2005; Vol. 661; ISBN 9783540233732.
A chapter in an edited book
Mikulincer, M.; Shaver, P.R.; Solomon, Z. An Attachment Perspective on Traumatic and Posttraumatic Reactions. In Future Directions in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment; Safir, M.P., Wallach, H.S., Rizzo, A. “skip,” Eds.; Springer US: Boston, MA, 2015; pp. 79–96 ISBN 9781489975218.

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
Hamilton, K. Peacock Spider Dances To YMCA Available online: (accessed on 30 October 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 General Aviation Airports: Oversight and Funding; 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
Del Cid, E.J. Services for Immigrant Families with Children in the Child Welfare System: A Grant Proposal Project. 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
Novick, S.M. Classy Comfort Food in Relaxed Settings. New York Times 2014, LI11.

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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