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
Chakradhar S (2015) Colorectal cancer: 5 big questions. Nature 521:S16
A journal article with 2 authors
Parnell RJ, Buchanan-Smith HM (2001) Animal behaviour. An unusual social display by gorillas. Nature 412:294
A journal article with 3 authors
Gu C, Jan YN, Jan LY (2003) A conserved domain in axonal targeting of Kv1 (Shaker) voltage-gated potassium channels. Science 301:646–649
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Fahnestock M, Abdalati W, Joughin I, et al (2001) High geothermal heat flow, Basal melt, and the origin of rapid ice flow in central Greenland. Science 294:2338–2342

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Denny HR, Butterworth SJ (2008) A Guide to Canine and Feline Orthopaedic Surgery. Blackwell Science Ltd, Oxford, UK
An edited book
Lerma EV, Batuman V (eds) (2014) Diabetes and Kidney Disease. Springer, New York, NY
A chapter in an edited book
Caldwell CM, Kaplan KB (2009) The Role of APC in Mitosis and in Chromosome Instability. In: Näthke IS, McCartney BM (eds) APC Proteins. Springer, New York, NY, pp 51–64

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 (2014) Could Photons Travel Through Time Using Wormholes? 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 (1978) GSA’s Administration of the Automatic Data Processing Equipment (ADPE) Interim Upgrade Acquisition Policy. 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
Norton JC (2013) Elementary ESL and General Education Co-Teachers’ Perceptions of Their Co-Teaching Roles: A Mixed Methods Study. 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
Saslow L (2008) Unexpected State Aid to Ease School Taxes. New York Times LI2

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Chakradhar 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Parnell and Buchanan-Smith 2001; Chakradhar 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Parnell and Buchanan-Smith 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Fahnestock et al. 2001)

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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