How to format your references using the Scientia Pharmaceutica citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Scientia Pharmaceutica. 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
Graham, M.D. Fluid Dynamics: Turbulence Spreads like Wildfire. Nature 2015, 526, 508–509.
A journal article with 2 authors
Ghosh, A.; Ganesan, K. Policy: Rethink India’s Energy Strategy. Nature 2015, 521, 156–157.
A journal article with 3 authors
Ciosk, R.; DePalma, M.; Priess, J.R. Translational Regulators Maintain Totipotency in the Caenorhabditis Elegans Germline. Science 2006, 311, 851–853.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Hamed, M.; Khilji, S.; Chen, J.; Li, Q. Stepwise Acetyltransferase Association and Histone Acetylation at the Myod1 Locus during Myogenic Differentiation. Sci. Rep. 2013, 3, 2390.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Liu, H.; Li, G. OFDM-Based Broadband Wireless Networks; John Wiley & Sons, Inc.: Hoboken, NJ, 2006; ISBN 9780471757191.
An edited book
Bioactive Heterocycles VII: Flavonoids and Anthocyanins in Plants, and Latest Bioactive Heterocycles II; Motohashi, N., Ed.; Topics in Heterocyclic Chemistry; Springer: Berlin, Heidelberg, 2009; Vol. 16; ISBN 9783642003356.
A chapter in an edited book
Semm, T.; Greene, K. Globalization, Aging, and the Power of the Image. In The Symbolism of Globalization, Development, and Aging; Arxer, S.L., Murphy, J.W., Eds.; Springer: New York, NY, 2013; pp. 59–66 ISBN 9781461445074.

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 Scientia Pharmaceutica.

Blog post
Taub, B. California Legislature Votes To Fund Country’s First Gun Violence Research Unit Available online: (accessed on 30 October 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 Advance Sheets: Volume 74, Decisions of the Comptroller General of the United States; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 1995;

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Walters, L.A. A Mixed-Methods Exploration of Employee Attitudes, Awareness, and Satisfaction with Regard to the University Employee Wellness Program. Doctoral dissertation, Lindenwood University: St. Charles, MO, 2015.

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
Feeney, K. Sophisticated Takeout. New York Times 2008, NJ16.

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 titleScientia Pharmaceutica
AbbreviationSci. Pharm.
ISSN (online)2218-0532
ScopePharmaceutical Science

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