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
Sumper M (2002) A phase separation model for the nanopatterning of diatom biosilica. Science 295:2430–2433
A journal article with 2 authors
Tham W-H, Kennedy AT (2015) Malaria: a master lock for deadly parasites. Nature 522:158–159
A journal article with 3 authors
Walden H, Podgorski MS, Schulman BA (2003) Insights into the ubiquitin transfer cascade from the structure of the activating enzyme for NEDD8. Nature 422:330–334
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Gopal J, Hasan N, Manikandan M, Wu H-F (2013) Bacterial toxicity/compatibility of platinum nanospheres, nanocuboids and nanoflowers. Sci Rep 3:1260

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Caltagirone J-P (2015) Discrete Mechanics. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Buck T, Franke A, Monaghan MJ (eds) (2011) Three-dimensional Echocardiography. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Kulyukin V, Kutiyanawala A, Jiang M (2007) Surface-Embedded Passive RF Exteroception: Kepler, Greed, and Buffon’s Needle. In: Indulska J, Ma J, Yang LT, et al. (eds) Ubiquitous Intelligence and Computing: 4th International Conference, UIC 2007, Hong Kong, China, July 11-13, 2007. Proceedings. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 33–42

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
Hale T (2015) Dad Builds An Awesome Star Wars Snowspeeder Costume From His Sons Wheelchair. In: IFLScience. 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 (2005) Intellectual Property: Key Processes for Managing Patent Automation Strategy Need Stengthening. 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
Kim G (2013) Development of a nutrition-based curriculum for farm-to-school programs for the fourth and fifth grades. 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
Cunningham J (2017) Spotting Celebrities on His Lunch Break. New York Times A18

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Sumper 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Sumper 2002; Tham and Kennedy 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Tham and Kennedy 2015)
  • Three or more authors: (Gopal et al. 2013)

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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