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
P. Ball, Arts: Reinventing Galileo, Nature. 494 (2013) 428–429.
A journal article with 2 authors
Y. Tang, A.E. Cohen, Enhanced enantioselectivity in excitation of chiral molecules by superchiral light, Science. 332 (2011) 333–336.
A journal article with 3 authors
Y. Li, X. Zhang, D. Cao, The role of shape complementarity in the protein-protein interactions, Sci. Rep. 3 (2013) 3271.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
A. Civra, V. Cagno, M. Donalisio, F. Biasi, G. Leonarduzzi, G. Poli, D. Lembo, Inhibition of pathogenic non-enveloped viruses by 25-hydroxycholesterol and 27-hydroxycholesterol, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 7487.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
G.H. Rassool, Addiction for Nurses, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK, 2010.
An edited book
A.R. Hanson, J.J. Kerekes, eds., Limnology and Aquatic Birds: Proceedings of the Fourth Conference Working Group on Aquatic Birds of Societas Internationalis Limnologiae (SIL), Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada, August 3–7, 2003, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2006.
A chapter in an edited book
T. Hester, P. Stone, Learning and Using Models, in: M. Wiering, M. van Otterlo (Eds.), Reinforcement Learning: State-of-the-Art, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2012: pp. 111–141.

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, No It’s Not Your Imagination, It Actually Is Colder On The Weekend (If You Live In A City), 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, Activities of the National Institute of Education, Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1974.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
J.E. Volkmer, The Cretaceous-Tertiary tectonic evolution of the Lhasa Terrane, Tibet, Doctoral dissertation, University of Arizona, 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
B. Rothenberg, Crowd Lifts Frenchwoman. Now, Who Will Hoist a First Major Trophy?, New York Times. (2017) D4.

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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