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
Gandy S (2011) Perspective: prevention is better than cure. Nature 475:S15
A journal article with 2 authors
Mattaj IW, Tocchini-Valentini GP (2007) Laying solid foundations for Europe. Nature 447:377–378
A journal article with 3 authors
Monthoux P, Pines D, Lonzarich GG (2007) Superconductivity without phonons. Nature 450:1177–1183
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Talavera K, Yasumatsu K, Voets T, et al (2005) Heat activation of TRPM5 underlies thermal sensitivity of sweet taste. Nature 438:1022–1025

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ancheyta J (2011) Modeling and Simulation of Catalytic Reactors for Petroleum Refining. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Manzoni G de, Roviello F, Siquini W (eds) (2012) Surgery in the Multimodal Management of Gastric Cancer. Springer, Milano
A chapter in an edited book
Zhang NL (2007) Discovering Latent Structures: Experience with the CoIL Challenge 2000 Data Set. In: Shi Y, Albada GD van, Dongarra J, Sloot PMA (eds) Computational Science – ICCS 2007: 7th International Conference, Beijing, China, May 27 - 30, 2007, Proceedings, Part IV. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 26–34

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
Evans K (2017) Amazing Footage Of Great White Sticking Its Nose In A Shark Cage. 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 (1998) Airport Financing: Projects Eligible for Federal Support That May Go Unfunded. 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
Brown JR (2010) Trajectories of parents’ experiences in discovering, reporting, and living with the aftermath of middle school bullying. Doctoral dissertation, Indiana 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 (2008) Conflicts for Justices Halt Appeal in Apartheid Case. New York Times A14

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Gandy 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Mattaj and Tocchini-Valentini 2007; Gandy 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Mattaj and Tocchini-Valentini 2007)
  • Three or more authors: (Talavera et al. 2005)

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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