How to format your references using the Revista Brasileira de Farmacognosia citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Revista Brasileira de Farmacognosia. 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
Walsh, C., 2000. Molecular mechanisms that confer antibacterial drug resistance. Nature 406, 775–781.
A journal article with 2 authors
Abbott, A., Gitschel, U., 2000. German scientists left in the cold as Berlin rejects rescue plan. Nature 406, 663–664.
A journal article with 3 authors
Bass, A.H., Gilland, E.H., Baker, R., 2008. Evolutionary origins for social vocalization in a vertebrate hindbrain-spinal compartment. Science 321, 417–421.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Béguin, P., Nagashima, K., Gonoi, T., Shibasaki, T., Takahashi, K., Kashima, Y., Ozaki, N., Geering, K., Iwanaga, T., Seino, S., 2001. Regulation of Ca2+ channel expression at the cell surface by the small G-protein kir/Gem. Nature 411, 701–706.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bonk, C.J., 2011. The World is Open. Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, CA, USA.
An edited book
Cardoso, J., Sheth, A. (Eds.), 2005. Semantic Web Services and Web Process Composition: First International Workshop, SWSWPC 2004, San Diego, CA, USA, July 6, 2004, Revised Selected Papers, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Montini, M., 2011. The Impact of International Treaties on Climate Change in SEE Countries, in: Montini, M., Bogdanovic, S. (Eds.), Environmental Security in South-Eastern Europe: International Agreements and Their Implementation, NATO Science for Peace and Security Series C: Environmental Security. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, pp. 59–75.

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 Revista Brasileira de Farmacognosia.

Blog post
O`Callaghan, J., 2017. This Is Our First Image Of The TRAPPIST-1 System [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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, 1976. Delegation of GSA Procurement Authority for Automatic Data Processing Equipment Acquisitions (No. B-115369). 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
Sanchez, G., 2010. An educational program to support Latina teen mothers: A grant proposal project (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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
Wagner, J., 2017. Mets Have Little Time To Get Into Wild-Card Race. New York Times B11.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Walsh, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Abbott and Gitschel, 2000; Walsh, 2000).

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

  • Two authors: (Abbott and Gitschel, 2000)
  • Three or more authors: (Béguin et al., 2001)

About the journal

Full journal titleRevista Brasileira de Farmacognosia
AbbreviationRev. Bras. Farmacogn.
ISSN (print)0102-695X
ScopeGeneral Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics

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