How to format your references using the Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences. 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
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Stapnes S (2007) Detector challenges at the LHC. Nature 448:290–296
A journal article with 2 authors
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Birren SJ, Marder E (2013) Neuroscience. Plasticity in the neurotransmitter repertoire. Science 340:436–437
A journal article with 3 authors
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Kim M, Carman CV, Springer TA (2003) Bidirectional transmembrane signaling by cytoplasmic domain separation in integrins. Science 301:1720–1725
A journal article with 5 or more authors
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Roy Chowdhury R, Vallania F, Yang Q, et al (2018) Author Correction: A multi-cohort study of the immune factors associated with M. tuberculosis infection outcomes. Nature

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
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Center for Chemical Process Safety (1992) Guidelines for Auditing Process Safety Management Systems. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
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Li Y (2015) Bio-based Polyols and Polyurethanes, 1st ed. 2015. Springer International Publishing, Cham
A chapter in an edited book
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Seroyer ST, Harner CD (2009) Avoiding and Managing Complications in PCL Reconstruction. In: Meislin RJ, Halbrecht J (eds) Complications in Knee and Shoulder Surgery: Management and Treatment Options for the Sports Medicine Orthopedist. Springer, London, pp 75–90

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 Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences.

Blog post
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Hale T (2016) What Is It Like To Dream If You’re Blind? In: IFLScience. https://www.iflscience.com/brain/what-is-it-like-to-dream-if-youre-blind/. Accessed 30 Oct 2018

Reports

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
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Government Accountability Office (2006) National Transportation Safety Board: Preliminary Observations on the Value of Comprehensive Planning, and Greater Use of Leading Practices and the Training Academy. 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
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Beard JA (2014) Evidence of Leadership Competencies in the Journal of Mary Easton Sibley, a Pioneering 19th Century Women’s College Founder. Doctoral dissertation, Lindenwood University

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
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Tomasky M (2017) Paul Ryan’s Discontent. New York Times A23

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 titleCellular and Molecular Life Sciences
AbbreviationCell. Mol. Life Sci.
ISSN (print)1420-682X
ISSN (online)1420-9071
ScopeCell Biology
Molecular Biology
Molecular Medicine
Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
Pharmacology

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