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
White JWC (2004) Paleoclimate. Do I hear a million? Science 304:1609–1610
A journal article with 2 authors
Ban Y, Chen X (2014) Counter-diabatic driving for fast spin control in a two-electron double quantum dot. Sci Rep 4:6258
A journal article with 3 authors
Tanaka S, Sawaya MR, Yeates TO (2010) Structure and mechanisms of a protein-based organelle in Escherichia coli. Science 327:81–84
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Sayrin C, Dotsenko I, Zhou X, et al (2011) Real-time quantum feedback prepares and stabilizes photon number states. Nature 477:73–77

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Giesbrecht FG, Gumpertz ML (2005) Planning, Construction, and Statistical Analysis of Comparative Experiments: Giesbrecht/Comparative Experiments. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Fragiskos FD (ed) (2007) Oral Surgery. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Goin FJ, Woodburne MO, Zimicz AN, et al (2016) Phylogeny and Diversity of South American Metatherians. In: Woodburne M, Zimicz AN, Martin GM, Chornogubsky L (eds) A Brief History of South American Metatherians: Evolutionary Contexts and Intercontinental Dispersals. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, pp 155–183

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
Carpineti A (2017) Meteorite Simulations Hint At Water-Rich Mars. 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 (2008) Highways and Environment: Transportation Agencies Are Acting to Involve Others in Planning and Environmental Decisions. 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
Gowda V (2009) Pollination biology and inter-island geographical variation in the mutualistic Heliconia (Heliconiaceae)-hummingbird (Trochilidae) interaction of the Eastern Caribbean Islands. Doctoral dissertation, George Washington 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
Feeney K (2008) To the City, From The Country. New York Times NJ11

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (White 2004).
This sentence cites two references (White 2004; Ban and Chen 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Ban and Chen 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Sayrin et al. 2011)

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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