How to format your references using the Pharmacological Research citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Pharmacological 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.
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
J. Luber-Narod, Soft money is hard to find, Science. 290 (2000) 453b.
A journal article with 2 authors
F. Darios, B. Davletov, Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids stimulate cell membrane expansion by acting on syntaxin 3, Nature. 440 (2006) 813–817.
A journal article with 3 authors
P. Faupl, W. Richter, C. Urbanek, Geochronology: dating of the Herto hominin fossils, Nature. 426 (2003) 621–2; discussion 622.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
T. Ci, L. Chen, L. Yu, J. Ding, Tumor regression achieved by encapsulating a moderately soluble drug into a polymeric thermogel, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 5473.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
K. Cobb, The Blackwell Guide to Theology and Popular Culture, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford, UK, 2008.
An edited book
S.S. Oja, P. Saransaari, eds., Taurine 6, Springer US, Boston, MA, 2006.
A chapter in an edited book
G. Drews, P. Krippeit-Drews, M. Düfer, Electrophysiology of Islet Cells, in: M.S. Islam (Ed.), Islets of Langerhans, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2015: pp. 249–303.

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 Pharmacological Research.

Blog post
E. Andrew, You Probably Haven’t Heard Of These Five Amazing Women Scientists – So Pay Attention, IFLScience. (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, Information Technology: VA Actions Needed to Implement Critical Reforms, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2000.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
B. Pundir, Surface pressure fluctuations due to an impinging underexpanded supersonic jet, Doctoral dissertation, Florida Atlantic University, 2011.

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
M. Furber, R. Pérez-Peña, Family Asks: Why Did Police Kill Woman Who Called 911?, New York Times. (2017) A15.

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 titlePharmacological Research
AbbreviationPharmacol. Res.
ISSN (print)1043-6618

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