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. 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
Jablonski D (2004) Extinction: past and present. Nature 427:589
A journal article with 2 authors
Chiarugi A, Moskowitz MA (2002) Cell biology. PARP-1--a perpetrator of apoptotic cell death? Science 297:200–201
A journal article with 3 authors
Tanimoto H, Heisenberg M, Gerber B (2004) Experimental psychology: event timing turns punishment to reward. Nature 430:983
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Boucrot E, Henry T, Borg J-P, et al (2005) The intracellular fate of Salmonella depends on the recruitment of kinesin. Science 308:1174–1178

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Smith C, Meeking D (2013) How to Succeed at the Medical Interview. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK
An edited book
Lindsay SJ (2016) Light Metals 2011. Springer International Publishing, Cham
A chapter in an edited book
Kulikowski JL, Przytulska M, Wierzbicka D (2008) Biomedical Structures Representation by Morphological Spectra. In: Pietka E, Kawa J (eds) Information Technologies in Biomedicine. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 57–65

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) MPs Vote No On Assisted Dying – So What Are The Arguments For And Against? 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 (1994) Efforts to Assist the Homeless in Seattle. 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
Malekian A (2009) Combinatorial problems in online advertising. Doctoral dissertation, University of Maryland, College Park

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
Protess B, Stevenson A (2016) S.E.C. Chief Among First to Plan Exit. New York Times B1

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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