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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Molecular Neuroscience. 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
Clark AG (2014) Genetics: The vital Y chromosome. Nature 508:463–465
A journal article with 2 authors
Rosenberg MI, Desplan C (2010) Molecular biology. Hiding in plain sight. Science 329:284–285
A journal article with 3 authors
Royle NJ, Hartley IR, Parker GA (2002) Sexual conflict reduces offspring fitness in zebra finches. Nature 416:733–736
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Davis E, Becker K, Dziak R, et al (2004) Hydrological response to a seafloor spreading episode on the Juan de Fuca ridge. Nature 430:335–338

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Free ML (2015) CBT and Christianity. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK
An edited book
Skorokhod AV (2005) Basic Principles and Applications of Probability Theory. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Gates A, Higgs J (2013) Realising Wise Practitioners. In: Higgs J, Sheehan D, Currens JB, et al. (eds) Realising Exemplary Practice-Based Education. SensePublishers, Rotterdam, pp 43–56

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 Neuroscience.

Blog post
Andrew E (2014) NASA’s Visualization Explorer App Now Available on All iOS Devices. In: IFLScience.’s-visualization-explorer-app-now-available-all-ios-devices/. Accessed 30 Oct 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 (2002) National Airspace System: FAA’s Approach to Its New Communications System Appears Prudent, but Challenges Remain. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Choi Y-J (2003) Function of Commissureless and Related Genes in Drosophila Neural Development. Doctoral dissertation, Ohio State 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
Spencer H, Sisario B (2016) $3 Million Award in Rolling Stone Case. New York Times B2

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Clark 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Rosenberg and Desplan 2010; Clark 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Rosenberg and Desplan 2010)
  • Three or more authors: (Davis et al. 2004)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Molecular Neuroscience
AbbreviationJ. Mol. Neurosci.
ISSN (print)0895-8696
ISSN (online)1559-1166
ScopeGeneral Medicine
Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

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