How to format your references using the Current Molecular Biology Reports citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Current Molecular Biology Reports. 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
1. Fisher DE. Secret to marital bliss? Science. 2000;290:936b.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. Collier P, Alles CM. Materials science. Materials ecology: an industrial perspective. Science. 2010;330:919–20.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. Palmer MJ, Fukuyama F, Relman DA. SCIENCE GOVERNANCE. A more systematic approach to biological risk. Science. 2015;350:1471–3.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
1. Fu Y-X, Djupsund K, Gao H, Hayden B, Shen K, Dan Y. Temporal specificity in the cortical plasticity of visual space representation. Science. 2002;296:1999–2003.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. Isobe K, Watanabe W, Itoh K. Functional Imaging by Controlled Nonlinear Optical Phenomena. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2013.
An edited book
1. Ning P, Qing S, Li N, editors. Information and Communications Security: 8th International Conference, ICICS 2006, Raleigh, NC, USA, December 4-7, 2006. Proceedings. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2006.
A chapter in an edited book
1. Kulyk O, Teague V, Volkamer M. Extending Helios Towards Private Eligibility Verifiability. In: Haenni R, Koenig RE, Wikström D, editors. E-Voting and Identity: 5th International Conference, VoteID 2015, Bern, Switzerland, September 2-4, 2015, Proceedings. Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2015. p. 57–73.

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 Current Molecular Biology Reports.

Blog post
1. Andrew D. How An Old Antidepressant Could Provide The Next Brain Cancer Breakthrough [Internet]. IFLScience. IFLScience; 2016 [cited 2018 Oct 30]. Available from: https://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/how-an-old-antidepressant-could-provide-the-next-brain-cancer-breakthrough/

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
1. Government Accountability Office. School Finance: Trends in U.S. Education Spending. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1995 Sep. Report No.: HEHS-95-235.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
1. Pak CH. A study of high-performing at-risk high school students and their perceptions on academic success and achievement [Doctoral dissertation]. [Malibu, CA]: Pepperdine University; 2015.

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
1. Hodara S. Sculptures Big and Small, and All in the Open. New York Times. 2013 Sep 15;WE10.

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 titleCurrent Molecular Biology Reports
AbbreviationCurr. Mol. Biol. Rep.
ISSN (online)2198-6428
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