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
Dulac, C. (2006). Neuroscience. Charting olfactory maps. Science 314, 606–607.
A journal article with 2 authors
Aronson, S.J., and Rehm, H.L. (2015). Building the foundation for genomics in precision medicine. Nature 526, 336–342.
A journal article with 3 authors
Pyenson, N.D. et al. (2010). Comment on “Climate, critters, and cetaceans: Cenozoic drivers of the evolution of modern whales.” Science 330, 178; author reply 178.
A journal article with 3 or more authors
Frankenberg, C. et al. (2005). Assessing methane emissions from global space-borne observations. Science 308, 1010–1014.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kappe, C.O. et al. (2012). Microwaves in Organic and Medicinal Chemistry Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
An edited book
Venugopal, K.R. (2009). Soft Computing for Data Mining Applications Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Wagner, I., and Bertacco, V. (2011). Post-Silicon Verification of Multi-Core Processors. In: Post-Silicon and Runtime Verification for Modern Processors, V. Bertacco (ed). Boston, MA: Springer US, 75–93.

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
Andrew, E. (2014). Astronaut Photographs Explosions Over Israel And Gaza From Space. 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 (1994). USDA Restructuring: Refocus Info Share Program on Business Processes Rather Than Technology 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
Greene, L. (2017). Perceptions Of Women Leaders In A Catholic Archdiocese: A Phenomenological Study. Doctoral dissertation. Pepperdine University.

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
Greenhouse, L. (2006). Arizona’s Strict Approach to Insanity Defenses Gets a Hearing Before the Supreme Court. New York Times A25.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Dulac, 2006).
This sentence cites two references (Dulac, 2006, 2006).

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

  • Two authors: (Aronson and Rehm, 2015)
  • Three or more authors: (Frankenberg et al., 2005)

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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