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British Journal of Pharmacology citation style: British Journal of Pharmacology referencing examples

A guide to using the British Journal of Pharmacology referencing system for in text citations and reference lists at UWA.

About BJP referencing

The British Journal of Pharmacology (BJP) style follows a version of the Harvard style.

BJP is an 'author, date' system; so your in text citation consists of the author(s) and year of publication. According to the BJP Instructions to Authors:

"The reference list at the end of the manuscript must be arranged alphabetically according to the surname of the first author. When the surnames of first authors are identical, the alphabetical order of the surnames of subsequent authors takes precedence over the year of publication. The authors’ names are followed by the year of publication in brackets. If more than one paper by the same authors in one year is cited, a, b, c, etc. are placed after the year of publication, both in the text and in the list of references. All authors should be quoted for papers with up to six authors; for papers with more than six authors, the first six should be quoted followed by et al."

Note that:

  • this style does not use retrieval statements for online journal articles
  • BJP uses abbreviated journal titles in the reference list 
If you are unable to determine how you should reference an item that does not appear in the list below, please consult the Medical & Dental Librarians.


In text citation of a book:

Chapter in an edited book:

BJP style examples - Print version (PDF)

BJP style examples for UWA


Books and eBooks

Material Type
In-text Citation
Reference List
Book/eBook: Single Author (Kenakin, 1987) Kenakin TP (1987). Pharmacologic analysis of drug-receptor interaction. Raven Press: New York.
Book/eBook: Two Authors (Nichols and O'Rourke, 2005) Nichols WW, O'Rourke MF (2005). McDonald's blood flow in arteries. Arnold: London.
Book/eBook: 3-5 Authors (Loskota et al., 1974) Loskota WJ, Lomax PL, Verity MA (1974). A stereotaxic atlas of Mongolian Gerbil (Meriones unguiculatus). Ann Arbor Science Publishers: Ann Arbor, MI.
Book/eBook: More than 6 authors (Phillips et al., 2005) Phillips H, Rogers B, Bernheim KL, Liu H, Hunter PG, Evans J, et al. (2005). Community medicine in action. Eastern Press: New York, NY.
Book/eBook: Different editions (Rowland and Tozer, 1995) Rowland M, Tozer TN (1995). Clinical pharmacokinetics concepts and applications, 3rd edn. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins: Philadelphia, PA.
Book: Chapter or Article in Edited Book (Brown, 2011) Brown DA (2011). G-Proteins. In: Foreman JC, Johansen T, Gibb AJ (eds). Textbook of receptor pharmacology. CRC Press: Boca Raton, FL, pp 199-224.

Journal Articles

Journal Article (Lew, 2006) Lew MJ (2006). When there should be no difference - how to fail to reject the null hypothesis. Trends Pharm Sci 27: 274-278.
Journal Article: Article number (Wen et al., 2011) Wen Z, Wang Z, Wang S, Ravula R, Yang L, Xu L, et al. (2011). Discovery of molecular mechanisms of traditional Chinese medicinal formula si-wu-tang using gene expression microarray and connectivity map. PLoS One 6: e18278.
Journal Article: ePub ahead of print (Feathersone, 2010) Featherstone DE (2010). Glial solute carrier transporters in drosophlia and mice. Glia Nov. DOI: 10.1002/glia.21085 [Epub ahead of print].
Journal Article: Number of authors   Please see 'Books' section for guidelines as to the number of authors.


Patent (Jacobus et al., 1996) Jacobus K, Rideout J, Yerxa B, Pendergast W, Siddiqi S, Drutz D (1996). Method of treating sinusitis with uridine triphosphates and related compounds. USA: US-Pat. 5,789,391, Inspire Pharmaceuticals Inc.



(AIHW, 2009) AIHW (2009). National opioid pharmacotherapy statistics annual data collection: 2009 report. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare: Canberra. Report no. AUS 125.

Web pages

Web page: Organisation as author (AuPS, 2012) Australian Physiological Society (2012). Michael Roberts Prize. Available at: (accessed 8 February 2012).
Web page: No author (The clinical evaluation, 2005) The clinical evaluation of the QT/QTc interval prolongation and proarrhythmic potential for non-antiarrhythmic drugs (2005). Available at: (accessed 19 August 2010).
Web page: No date (Jones, n.d.) Jones MD (n.d.). Aspirin. Available at: (accessed 12 February 2011).