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
Goebel, T. (2007). Anthropology. The missing years for modern humans. Science 315, 194–196.
A journal article with 2 authors
Kawaguchi, K., and Ishiwata, S. (2001). Nucleotide-dependent single- to double-headed binding of kinesin. Science 291, 667–669.
A journal article with 3 authors
Houstis, N. et al. (2006). Reactive oxygen species have a causal role in multiple forms of insulin resistance. Nature 440, 944–948.
A journal article with 3 or more authors
Behrenfeld, M.J. et al. (2006). Controls on tropical Pacific Ocean productivity revealed through nutrient stress diagnostics. Nature 442, 1025–1028.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Quéguiner, B. (2016). The Biogeochemical Cycle of Silicon in the Ocean Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
P. Gourbesville et al. (eds) (2014). Advances in Hydroinformatics: SIMHYDRO 2012 – New Frontiers of Simulation Singapore: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Topaloff, L.K. (2013). Bulgaria. In: Strategic Cultures in Europe: Security and Defence Policies Across the Continent, H. Biehl et al. (eds). Wiesbaden: Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden, 43–54.

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
Luntz, S. (2017). New Battery Technologies Developed That Don’t Need Rare Materials. 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 (2009). Telecommunications: Surveys of Consumers and of State Utility Commissions about Wireless Phone Service (GAO-10-35SP, November 2009), an E-supplement to GAO-10-34 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
Hansell, L. (2017). Perceptions of Supervisor Ethical Behavior by Psychology Interns. 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
Kishkovsky, S. (2009). Russian Orthodox Church Elects Outspoken Patriarch. New York Times A10.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Goebel, 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Kawaguchi and Ishiwata, 2001; Goebel, 2007).

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

  • Two authors: (Kawaguchi and Ishiwata, 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Behrenfeld et al., 2006)

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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