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. Hermann T. Non-coding RNA: Antibiotic tricks a switch. Nature. 2015;526:650–1.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. Hyman AA, Simons K. Cell biology. Beyond oil and water--phase transitions in cells. Science. 2012;337:1047–9.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. Debs JE, Robins NP, Close JD. Physics. Measuring mass in seconds. Science. 2013;339:532–3.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
1. Abzhanov A, Kuo WP, Hartmann C, Grant BR, Grant PR, Tabin CJ. The calmodulin pathway and evolution of elongated beak morphology in Darwin’s finches. Nature. 2006;442:563–7.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. Schuenemeyer JH, Drew LJ. Statistics for Earth and Environmental Scientists. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2010.
An edited book
1. Pagel JF, Pandi-Perumal SR, editors. Primary Care Sleep Medicine: A Practical Guide. 2nd ed. 2014. New York, NY: Springer; 2014.
A chapter in an edited book
1. Gao Z, Stephan F, Zilles S. Combining Models of Approximation with Partial Learning. In: Chaudhuri K, Gentile C, Zilles S, editors. Algorithmic Learning Theory: 26th International Conference, ALT 2015, Banff, AB, Canada, October 4-6, 2015, Proceedings. Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2015. p. 56–70.

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. Taub B. Could Ketamine Be Used To Treat Depression? [Internet]. IFLScience. IFLScience; 2015 [cited 2018 Oct 30]. Available from: https://www.iflscience.com/brain/could-ketamine-be-used-treat-depression/

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. Schedule Delays and Cost Overruns Plague DOD Automated Information Systems. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1989 May. Report No.: T-IMTEC-89-8.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1. Reyes JM. A support group for adults with rheumatoid arthritis [Doctoral dissertation]. [Long Beach, CA]: California State University, Long Beach; 2010.

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. Crow K. A Bus Stop May Disappear, And Some Old Bones Groan. New York Times. 2003 Mar 30;145.

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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