How to format your references using the Medicinal Chemistry Research citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Medicinal Chemistry Research. 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
Georghiou L (2008) Europe’s research system must change. Nature 452:935–936
A journal article with 2 authors
Macpherson AJ, Uhr T (2004) Induction of protective IgA by intestinal dendritic cells carrying commensal bacteria. Science 303:1662–1665
A journal article with 3 authors
Del Bene F, Tessmar-Raible K, Wittbrodt J (2004) Direct interaction of geminin and Six3 in eye development. Nature 427:745–749
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Rooney N, McCann K, Gellner G, Moore JC (2006) Structural asymmetry and the stability of diverse food webs. Nature 442:265–269

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Furger C (2016) Live Cell Assays. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Apikyan S, Diamond D (eds) (2006) Countering Nuclear and Radiological Terrorism. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht
A chapter in an edited book
Buffenbarger J (2016) Comparing Encrypted Strings. In: Haltinner K, Sarathchandra D, Alves-Foss J, et al. (eds) Cyber Security: Second International Symposium, CSS 2015, Coeur d’Alene, ID, USA, April 7-8, 2015, Revised Selected Papers. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp 57–66

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 Medicinal Chemistry Research.

Blog post
Andrews R (2016) It’s Time To Call Out The Anti-Science Left. In: IFLScience. https://www.iflscience.com/environment/antiscientific-leftwingers-just-bad-those-right/. Accessed 30 Oct 2018

Reports

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 (1967) Comments on Legality of NASA Contracts. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Cruz S (2014) Keeping families together: A grant proposal. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach

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
Finnegan J (2017) ‘You Don’t Call Me.’ New York Times A15

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Georghiou 2008).
This sentence cites two references (Macpherson and Uhr 2004; Georghiou 2008).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Macpherson and Uhr 2004)
  • Three or more authors: (Rooney et al. 2006)

About the journal

Full journal titleMedicinal Chemistry Research
AbbreviationMed. Chem. Res.
ISSN (print)1054-2523
ISSN (online)1554-8120
ScopeOrganic Chemistry
General Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics

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