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
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Kärre K (2002) Immunology. A perfect mismatch. Science 295:2029–2031
A journal article with 2 authors
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Li L, Ye K (2006) Crystal structure of an H/ACA box ribonucleoprotein particle. Nature 443:302–307
A journal article with 3 authors
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West M, Sánchez JJ, McNutt SR (2005) Periodically triggered seismicity at Mount Wrangell, Alaska, after the Sumatra earthquake. Science 308:1144–1146
A journal article with 5 or more authors
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Gerardot BD, Brunner D, Dalgarno PA, et al (2008) Optical pumping of a single hole spin in a quantum dot. Nature 451:441–444

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
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Hoskins BJ, James IN (2014) Fluid Dynamics of the Midlatitude Atmosphere. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester
An edited book
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Dawant BM, Christensen GE, Fitzpatrick JM, Rueckert D (2012) Biomedical Image Registration: 5th International Workshop, WBIR 2012, Nashville, TN, USA, July 7-8, 2012. Proceedings. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
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Goeman JJ (2016) Randomness and the Games of Science. In: Landsman K, van Wolde E (eds) The Challenge of Chance: A Multidisciplinary Approach from Science and the Humanities. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp 91–109

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
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Carpineti A (2016) Jupiter Is Hit By 6.5 Fireballs Every Year. In: IFLScience. Accessed 30 Oct 2018

Reports

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
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Government Accountability Office (2008) Traffic Safety: NHTSA’s Improved Oversight Could Identify Opportunities to Strengthen Management and Safety in Some States. 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
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Gilman DG (2013) Comparative analysis of corporate culture in a multinational organization. Doctoral dissertation, Pepperdine 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
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St. John Kelly E (1998) Building a Business, Quarter by Quarter. New York Times 144

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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