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
Stein RS (2004) Geoscience. Tidal triggering caught in the act. Science 305:1248–1249
A journal article with 2 authors
Beghein C, Trampert J (2003) Robust normal mode constraints on inner-core anisotropy from model space search. Science 299:552–555
A journal article with 3 authors
Lee SH, Oe T, Blair IA (2001) Vitamin C-induced decomposition of lipid hydroperoxides to endogenous genotoxins. Science 292:2083–2086
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Lu X-F, Bian X-J, Li Z-C, et al (2013) A facile strategy to decorate Cu₉S₅ nanocrystals on polyaniline nanowires and their synergetic catalytic properties. Sci Rep 3:2955

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Flaus J-M (2013) Risk Analysis. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ USA
An edited book
Ebrahimipour V, Yacout S (eds) (2015) Ontology Modeling in Physical Asset Integrity Management. Springer International Publishing, Cham
A chapter in an edited book
Kerekes R, Walgenbach P (2016) Don’t Be Unhappy, You Can Be Perfect! The Institutionalization of Aesthetic Surgery. In: Weik E, Walgenbach P (eds) Institutions Inc. Palgrave Macmillan UK, London, pp 63–93

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
Andrew E (2015) NASA’s Reliance on Outsourcing Launches Causes a Dilemma for the Space Agency. 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 (1998) Department of Education: Information Needs Are at the Core of Management Challenges Facing the Department. 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
Klochko K (2009) An empirical re-evaluation of the boron isotope/pH proxy in marine carbonates. Doctoral dissertation, University of Maryland, College Park

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
Chapman MM, Saulny S (2010) A Tragedy in Detroit, With a Reality TV Crew in Tow. New York Times A8

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Stein 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Beghein and Trampert 2003; Stein 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Beghein and Trampert 2003)
  • Three or more authors: (Lu et al. 2013)

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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