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. Surani MA. Reprogramming of genome function through epigenetic inheritance. Nature. 2001;414:122–8.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. Calsbeek R, Cox RM. Experimentally assessing the relative importance of predation and competition as agents of selection. Nature. 2010;465:613–6.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. Kim J-H, Yoneya M, Yokoyama H. Tristable nematic liquid-crystal device using micropatterned surface alignment. Nature. 2002;420:159–62.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
1. Basu S, Gerchman Y, Collins CH, Arnold FH, Weiss R. A synthetic multicellular system for programmed pattern formation. Nature. 2005;434:1130–4.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. Hübschmann H-J. Handbook of GC-MS. Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA; 2015.
An edited book
1. Poell RF, Woerkom M van, editors. Supporting Workplace Learning: Towards Evidence-based Practice. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands; 2011.
A chapter in an edited book
1. Schrenk P, Hall-Findlay EJ, Fitzal F, Grisotti A, Casella D, Calabrese C, et al. OPS and Breast Conserving Surgery (BSC). In: Fitzal F, Schrenk P, editors. Oncoplastic Breast Surgery: A Guide to Clinical Practice. Vienna: Springer; 2010. p. 45–132.

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 E. What Happens When You Cover Your Body In Mentos And Jump In A Bathtub Full Of Coke Zero? [Internet]. IFLScience. IFLScience; 2015 [cited 2018 Oct 30]. Available from: https://www.iflscience.com/chemistry/what-happens-when-you-cover-your-body-mentos-and-jump-bathtub-full-coke-zero/

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. National Institute of Standards and Technology: Carryover Balances for the Advanced Technology Program. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 2000 Mar. Report No.: RCED-00-71R.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1. Yuan J. Membrane Protein Insertion in Bacteria by the YidC and Sec Pathway [Doctoral dissertation]. [Columbus, OH]: Ohio State University; 2008.

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. Harris EA, Moynihan C. Brooklyn Teacher Is Accused of Abusing Girls for 3 Years. New York Times. 2014 Oct 1;A1.

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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