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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
Narasimha R (2004) Divide, conquer and unify. Nature 432:807
A journal article with 2 authors
Insel TR, Sahakian BJ (2012) Drug research: a plan for mental illness. Nature 483:269
A journal article with 3 authors
Bishop NA, Lu T, Yankner BA (2010) Neural mechanisms of ageing and cognitive decline. Nature 464:529–535
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Choi SB, Wang C, Muench DG, et al (2000) Messenger RNA targeting of rice seed storage proteins to specific ER subdomains. Nature 407:765–767

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kazimierczuk M (2013) High-Frequency Magnetic Components. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK
An edited book
Thessalou-Legaki M (ed) (2006) Issues of Decapod Crustacean Biology. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht
A chapter in an edited book
Butler M, Maamria I (2013) Practical Theory Extension in Event-B. In: Liu Z, Woodcock J, Zhu H (eds) Theories of Programming and Formal Methods: Essays Dedicated to Jifeng He on the Occasion of His 70th Birthday. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 67–81

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 Neurobiology.

Blog post
Davis J (2017) World’s Second Breeding Population Of Critically Endangered Indochinese Tigers Discovered. In: IFLScience. Accessed 30 Oct 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 (2016) Railroad Financing: Stakeholders’ Views on Recent Changes to the Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing Program. 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
Kasun KK (2010) Economic effectiveness of physician organizational models in a California integrated healthcare system. Doctoral dissertation, University of Phoenix

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
Brantley B (2017) They Sing and Dance, but This Isn’t “La La Land’. New York Times C5

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Narasimha 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Narasimha 2004; Insel and Sahakian 2012).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Insel and Sahakian 2012)
  • Three or more authors: (Choi et al. 2000)

About the journal

Full journal titleCellular and Molecular Neurobiology
AbbreviationCell. Mol. Neurobiol.
ISSN (print)0272-4340
ISSN (online)1573-6830
ScopeCell Biology
General Medicine
Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

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