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
Nisini, B. (2000). ASTRONOMY: Enhanced: Water’s Role in Making Stars. Science 290, 1513–1514.
A journal article with 2 authors
Burgisser, A., and Scaillet, B. (2007). Redox evolution of a degassing magma rising to the surface. Nature 445, 194–197.
A journal article with 3 authors
Saitta, E.K.H. et al. (2013). IBI* series winner. An inquiry into the water around us. Science 341, 971–972.
A journal article with 3 or more authors
Hayakawa, T. et al. (2005). A human-specific gene in microglia. Science 309, 1693.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Wilson, D.A. (2008). Forensic Procedures for Boundary and Title Investigation Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
I. Doucet, and N. Janssens (eds) (2011). Transdisciplinary Knowledge Production in Architecture and Urbanism: Towards Hybrid Modes of Inquiry Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Wang, X., and Reeves, D. (2015). Active Timing Based Traceback. In: Traceback and Anonymity, D. Reeves (ed). New York, NY: Springer, 23–47.

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
Carpineti, A. (2015). Jupiter May Have Kicked A Gas Giant Planet Out Of The Solar System Billions Of Years Ago. 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 (2003). Satellite Communications: Strategic Approach Needed for DOD’s Procurement of Commercial Satellite Bandwidth 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
Francis, T.M. (2017). The Lived Experience of Caribbean Women and Their Experiences as Senior-Level Leaders: A Phenomenological Study. Doctoral dissertation. Capella 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
Dominus, P.S. (2015). Cambio de vidas: Los hermanos perdidos de Bogotá. New York Times MM34.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Nisini, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Nisini, 2000; Burgisser and Scaillet, 2007).

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

  • Two authors: (Burgisser and Scaillet, 2007)
  • Three or more authors: (Hayakawa 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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