How to format your references using the Pharmacognosy Journal citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Pharmacognosy Journal. 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
Kotliar G. Physics. Driving the electron over the edge. Science. 2003;302(5642):67-69.
A journal article with 2 authors
Daw R, Tonzani S. Biomaterials. Nature. 2009;462(7272):425.
A journal article with 3 authors
Li ZZ, Zhang FC, Wang QH. Majorana modes in a topological insulator/s-wave superconductor heterostructure. Sci Rep. 2014;4:6363.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Smith MD, Roheim CA, Crowder LB, et al. Economics. Sustainability and global seafood. Science. 2010;327(5967):784-786.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Pai MD FACC FRCP Edin RG, Varadarajan MD FACC P. Echocardiography Board Review. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd; 2014.
An edited book
Banagl M, Vogel D, eds. The Mathematics of Knots: Theory and Application. Vol 1. Springer; 2011.
A chapter in an edited book
Bauer AL, Rohlf T. Investigating the Role of Cross-Talk Between Chemical and Stromal Factors in Endothelial Cell Phenotype Determination. In: Jackson TL, ed. Modeling Tumor Vasculature: Molecular, Cellular, and Tissue Level Aspects and Implications. Springer; 2012:79-101.

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 Pharmacognosy Journal.

Blog post
Carpineti A. Long-Tailed Galaxy Amazes Astronomers. IFLScience. Published November 9, 2015. 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. Aviation Safety: FAA Needs to Update Curriculum and Certification Requirements for Aviation Mechanics. U.S. Government Printing Office; 2003.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Rees CL. A Systems-Level Investigation into the Genetic Determinants of Childhood-Onset Schizophrenia. Doctoral dissertation. George Washington University; 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
Nir SM. A Gasoline Desert Expands on an Island of Many Cars. New York Times. April 16, 2016:A15.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in superscript:

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 titlePharmacognosy Journal
ISSN (print)0975-3575
ScopeDrug Discovery

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