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.C. Ralph, The electromotive force of MnAs nanoparticles, Nature. 474 (2011) E6.
A journal article with 2 authors
P. Collier, C.M. Alles, Materials science. Materials ecology: an industrial perspective, Science. 330 (2010) 919–920.
A journal article with 3 authors
B. Hansen, W.R. Turrell, S. Østerhus, Decreasing overflow from the Nordic seas into the Atlantic Ocean through the Faroe Bank channel since 1950, Nature. 411 (2001) 927–930.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
J.P. Huelsenbeck, F. Ronquist, R. Nielsen, J.P. Bollback, Bayesian inference of phylogeny and its impact on evolutionary biology, Science. 294 (2001) 2310–2314.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
E. Wegener, Montagegerechte Anlagenplanung, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, FRG, 2003.
An edited book
F. Kastensmidt, P. Rech, eds., FPGAs and Parallel Architectures for Aerospace Applications: Soft Errors and Fault-Tolerant Design, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
N. Tatbul, Y. Ahmad, U. Çetintemel, J.-H. Hwang, Y. Xing, S. Zdonik, Load Management and High Availability in the Borealis Distributed Stream Processing Engine, in: S. Nittel, A. Labrinidis, A. Stefanidis (Eds.), GeoSensor Networks: Second International Conference, GSN 2006, Boston, MA, USA, October 1-3, 2006, Revised Selected and Invited Papers, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2008: pp. 66–85.

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
K. Hamilton, What Can A 1.7-Million-Year-Old Hominid Fossil Teach Us About Cancer?, IFLScience. (2016). (accessed October 30, 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, Air Traffic Control: Status of FAA’s Effort to Modernize the System, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1990.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
D. Nguyen, Deus-ex-machina: A modern skeptic’s relentless scrutiny of the production of ethics in post-colonial literature and postcolonialism, Doctoral dissertation, George Washington University, 2009.

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. Wagner, Role Players Define the Dodgers, and Hernandez Has a Leading Part, New York Times. (2017) D3.

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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