How to format your references using the Molbank citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Molbank. 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
Masood, E. Maurice Strong (1929-2015). Nature 2015, 528, 480.
A journal article with 2 authors
Sheppard, S.S.; Trujillo, C.A. A Thick Cloud of Neptune Trojans and Their Colors. Science 2006, 313, 511–514.
A journal article with 3 authors
Arora, P.K.; Srivastava, A.; Singh, V.P. Degradation of 4-Chloro-3-Nitrophenol via a Novel Intermediate, 4-Chlororesorcinol by Pseudomonas Sp. JHN. Sci. Rep. 2014, 4, 4475.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Kawai, H.; Hanyuda, T.; Ridgway, L.M.; Holser, K. Ancestral Reproductive Structure in Basal Kelp Aureophycus Aleuticus. Sci. Rep. 2013, 3, 2491.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Giesbrecht, F.G.; Gumpertz, M.L. Planning, Construction, and Statistical Analysis of Comparative Experiments: Giesbrecht/Comparative Experiments; Wiley Series in Probability and Statistics; John Wiley & Sons, Inc.: Hoboken, NJ, 2005; ISBN 9780471476474.
An edited book
Computer Aided Verification: 26th International Conference, CAV 2014, Held as Part of the Vienna Summer of Logic, VSL 2014, Vienna, Austria, July 18-22, 2014. Proceedings; Biere, A., Bloem, R., Eds.; Lecture Notes in Computer Science; Springer International Publishing: Cham, 2014; Vol. 8559; ISBN 9783319088662.
A chapter in an edited book
Croxatto, J.O. Mechanisms of Tumor Metastasis in the Orbit. In Orbital Tumors: Diagnosis and Treatment; Karcioglu, Z.A., Ed.; Springer: New York, NY, 2015; pp. 29–36 ISBN 9781493915095.

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 Molbank.

Blog post
Andrew, E. The Lost Ocean Of Mars Available online: (accessed on 30 October 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 Recovery Act: USDA Should Include Broadband Program’s Impact in Annual Performance Reports; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 2014;

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Lemay, M. Understanding the Mechanism of Panel Attrition. Doctoral dissertation, University of Maryland, College Park: College Park, MD, 2009.

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
Stuart, C.; GEORGE BRETHERTON; TONI MONKOVIC; ANDREW DAS; LUIS DELOUREIRO Breakout Players Of the First Quarter Of the Season. New York Times 2010, B13.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [1].
This sentence cites two references [1,2].
This sentence cites four references [1–4].

About the journal

Full journal titleMolbank
ISSN (online)1422-8599
Organic Chemistry
Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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