How to format your references using the Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology. 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
D.K. Dickinson, Teachers’ language practices and academic outcomes of preschool children, Science. 333 (2011) 964–967.
A journal article with 2 authors
M.A. McEvoy, N. Correll, Materials science. Materials that couple sensing, actuation, computation, and communication, Science. 347 (2015) 1261689.
A journal article with 3 authors
S.K. Eswaramoorthy, J.M. Howe, G. Muralidharan, In situ determination of the nanoscale chemistry and behavior of solid-liquid systems, Science. 318 (2007) 1437–1440.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
H. Tanaka, Y. Okano, H. Kobayashi, W. Suzuki, A. Kobayashi, A three-dimensional synthetic metallic crystal composed of single-component molecules, Science. 291 (2001) 285–287.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
J. Berthier, K.A. Brakke, E. Berthier, Open Microfluidics, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2016.
An edited book
D. Jewitt, Trans-Neptunian Objects and Comets, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2008.
A chapter in an edited book
C. Liu, Z. Gong, Elements of Optimal Control Theory, in: Z. Gong (Ed.), Optimal Control of Switched Systems Arising in Fermentation Processes, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2014: pp. 41–57.

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 Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology.

Blog post
D. Andrew, 28 Things Dogs Should Never Eat, IFLScience. (2016).


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, Default Rates at HBCUs, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1994.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
R.A. Wilson, Spectroelectrochemical Sensing and Detection of Zinc in Serum by Anodic Stripping Voltammerty on a Bismuth Film Electrode, Doctoral dissertation, University of Cincinnati, 2011.

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
J. Koblin, Nielsen Tackles a Mystery: Netflix Ratings, New York Times. (2017) B2.

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 titleJournal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
AbbreviationJ. Mol. Cell. Cardiol.
ISSN (print)0022-2828
ScopeMolecular Biology
Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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