How to format your references using the Medicine in Drug Discovery citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Medicine in Drug Discovery. 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
[1]
Kelly JD. Make diagnostic centres a priority for Ebola crisis. Nature 2014;513:145.
A journal article with 2 authors
[1]
Kang D-Y, Moon JH. Lithographically defined three-dimensional pore-patterned carbon with nitrogen doping for high-performance ultrathin supercapacitor applications. Sci Rep 2014;4:5392.
A journal article with 3 authors
[1]
Ackerman LKG, Lovell MM, Weix DJ. Multimetallic catalysed cross-coupling of aryl bromides with aryl triflates. Nature 2015;524:454–7.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
[1]
Chabrière E, Vernède X, Guigliarelli B, Charon MH, Hatchikian EC, Fontecilla-Camps JC. Crystal structure of the free radical intermediate of pyruvate:ferredoxin oxidoreductase. Science 2001;294:2559–63.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
[1]
Sigrist J-F. Fluid-Structure Interaction. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd; 2015.
An edited book
[1]
Amaldi A, Tang F, editors. Proceedings of the 11th European Conference on Thermoelectrics: ECT 2013. Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2014.
A chapter in an edited book
[1]
Vafaeinezhad AR, Alesheikh AA, Hamrah M, Nourjou R, Shad R. Using GIS to Develop an Efficient Spatio-temporal Task Allocation Algorithm to Human Groups in an Entirely Dynamic Environment Case Study: Earthquake Rescue Teams. In: Gervasi O, Taniar D, Murgante B, Laganà A, Mun Y, Gavrilova ML, editors. Computational Science and Its Applications – ICCSA 2009: International Conference, Seoul, Korea, June 29-July 2, 2009, Proceedings, Part I, Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2009, p. 66–78.

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 Medicine in Drug Discovery.

Blog post
[1]
Andrew D. 9 Weird Psychological Reasons Someone Might Fall In Love With You. IFLScience 2016.

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
[1]
Government Accountability Office. Airport Improvement Program: Reliever Airport Set-Aside Funds Could Be Redirected. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1994.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
[1]
Funderburk J. Modern Variation in Predation Intensity: Constraints on Assessing Predator-Prey Relationships in Paleoecologic Reconstructions. Doctoral dissertation. University of South Florida, 2010.

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
[1]
Shpigel B. A Giants Rookie Casts a Thoughtful Eye on the World. New York Times 2016:SP3.

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 titleMedicine in Drug Discovery
ISSN (print)2590-0986
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