How to format your references using the Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry (Mol Cell Biochem). 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
Geisbert TW (2014) Medical research: Ebola therapy protects severely ill monkeys. Nature 514:41–43
A journal article with 2 authors
Korb MA, Thakkar U (2011) SPORE series winner. Facilitating scientific investigations and training data scientists. Science 333:534–535
A journal article with 3 authors
Lin DY-W, Huang S, Chen J (2015) Crystal structures of a polypeptide processing and secretion transporter. Nature 523:425–430
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Liu Q, D’Silva P, Walter W, et al (2003) Regulated cycling of mitochondrial Hsp70 at the protein import channel. Science 300:139–141

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Yamaguchi R, Fujita K-I (2014) Ligand Platforms in Homogenous Catalytic Reactions with Metals. John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Sakata T (2016) Applied Matrix and Tensor Variate Data Analysis, 1st ed. 2016. Springer Japan, Tokyo
A chapter in an edited book
Szathmary L, Valtchev P, Napoli A (2010) Finding Minimal Rare Itemsets and Rare Association Rules. In: Bi Y, Williams M-A (eds) Knowledge Science, Engineering and Management: 4th International Conference, KSEM 2010, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK, September 1-3, 2010. Proceedings. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 16–27

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 Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry.

Blog post
Andrew E (2015) Elon Musk Biography Portrays A Brutal Character Driven By Lofty Dreams. 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 (2014) Department of Homeland Security: Actions Needed to Strengthen Management of Research and Development. 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
Bono S (2013) Perceptions of Psychological Abuse and the Impact of Blame and Gender Role Beliefs. Doctoral dissertation, Southern Illinois 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
Bohlen C (2017) Ancient Georgian Culture, Set to Music. New York Times TR1

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 titleMolecular and Cellular Biochemistry
AbbreviationMol. Cell. Biochem.
ISSN (print)0300-8177
ISSN (online)1573-4919
ScopeCell Biology
Clinical Biochemistry
Molecular Biology
General Medicine

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