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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Buffett BA (2003) Geophysics. The thermal state of Earth’s core. Science 299:1675–1677
A journal article with 2 authors
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Lu X, Brelsford C (2014) Network structure and community evolution on Twitter: human behavior change in response to the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami. Sci Rep 4:6773
A journal article with 3 authors
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Zhang J, Sheng L, Liu J (2014) Synthetically chemical-electrical mechanism for controlling large scale reversible deformation of liquid metal objects. Sci Rep 4:7116
A journal article with 5 or more authors
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Clayton E, Doupé DP, Klein AM, et al (2007) A single type of progenitor cell maintains normal epidermis. Nature 446:185–189

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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Anson EM (2014) Alexander’s Heirs. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
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Pentikousis K, Agüero R, García-Arranz M, Papavassiliou S (2011) Mobile Networks and Management: Second International ICST Conference, MONAMI 2010, Santander, Spain, September 22-24, 2010, Revised Selected Papers. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
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Stafford C (2016) Confronting “The Conditions” of Sénégalese Higher Education: Reframing Representation and Activism. In: DeJaeghere JG, Josić J, McCleary KS (eds) Education and Youth Agency: Qualitative Case Studies in Global Contexts. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp 65–82

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) Here Are 10 Questions Google Asked A Computer Engineer In A Job Interview. In: IFLScience. https://www.iflscience.com/technology/here-are-10-questions-google-asked-a-computer-engineer-in-a-job-interview/. 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 (2002) Intercity Passenger Rail: Potential Financial Issues in the Event That Amtrak Undergoes Liquidation. 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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Allen MW (2017) Popular Culture and War in the Vietnam Era. Doctoral dissertation, Southern Illinois 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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Pilon M (2014) Race-Fixing Let Musician Reach Sochi, Ski Group Says. New York Times D7

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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