How to format your references using the Journal of Molecular Cell Biology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Molecular Cell Biology (JMCB). 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
Anderson, P.W. (2005). Thinking big. Nature 437, 625.
A journal article with 2 authors
Abbott, A., and Gitschel, U. (2000). German scientists left in the cold as Berlin rejects rescue plan. Nature 406, 663–664.
A journal article with 3 authors
Martin-Lluesma, S. et al. (2002). Role of Hec1 in spindle checkpoint signaling and kinetochore recruitment of Mad1/Mad2. Science 297, 2267–2270.
A journal article with 3 or more authors
Ogita, S. et al. (2003). Producing decaffeinated coffee plants. Nature 423, 823.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Burger, M. et al. (2014). Managing Energy Risk Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Jiang, X. (2013). Android Malware New York, NY: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Burnett, L.E., and Hoffman, A. (2010). Meet the Royaltons. In: Black Is the New Green: Marketing to Affluent African Americans, A. Hoffman (ed). New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan US, 81–97.

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 Cell Biology.

Blog post
Hale, T. (2016). There’s Very Little Evidence That Flossing Actually Works. IFLScience.


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 (1995). DOD Dependents Schools: Enrollment Categories, Numbers, and Locations Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Bockler, T. (2014). Legal advocacy program for low-income children with disabilities: A grant proposal. Doctoral dissertation. California State University, Long Beach.

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
Kishkovsky, S. (2002). In Blast Police Call Accident, Muscovites See Terrorist Hand. New York Times A8.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Anderson, 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Abbott and Gitschel, 2000; Anderson, 2005).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Abbott and Gitschel, 2000)
  • Three or more authors: (Ogita et al., 2003)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Molecular Cell Biology
AbbreviationJ. Mol. Cell Biol.
ISSN (print)1674-2788
ISSN (online)1759-4685
ScopeCell Biology
Molecular Biology
General Medicine

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