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AJHP Style Guide : Books


Chapter in book: If a book has separate authors for each chapter, you need to cite the chapter you are using following the guidelines for a "Chapter in a book." Many of the Drug Information reference books that you use will fit in this category.

Authors/Editors: Include the last name and then the first and middle initial of authors with no periods. List all authors when there are three or fewer. When there are four or more, list only the first three and add "et al." There is no comma before "et al."


Title: CAPITALIZE all important words in the title.

Edition: If there is an edition number, include it.

Publication city and state: If the city is well known, you can leave out the state. For example, you would not need to list the state for New York City, Chicago, or San Francisco

Page numbers: Omit common numbers. For example, use "213-5" rather than "213-215"

Parts of a Book Citation

*See tips on the left-hand side for more specific details of how to complete each piece of the citation.

Book Citation Dissected

parts of a chapter in a book citation

chapter in a book citation dissected

more book citations


Cairns D. Essentials of Pharmaceutical Chemistry. 3rd ed. London: Pharmaceutical Press; 2008.

Chapter in a Book:

Jackson EK. Diuretics. In: Hardman JG, Limbird LE, Molinoff PB et al., eds. Goodman and Gilman’s the Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics. 9th ed. New York: McGraw Hill; 1996:685-713.