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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB). 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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Schmitz OJ. 2008. Effects of predator hunting mode on grassland ecosystem function. Science 319:952–954.
A journal article with 2 authors
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Pollard PJ, Ratcliffe PJ. 2009. Cancer. Puzzling patterns of predisposition. Science 324:192–194.
A journal article with 3 authors
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Butler MA, Sawyer SA, Losos JB. 2007. Sexual dimorphism and adaptive radiation in Anolis lizards. Nature 447:202–205.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
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Dai Z, Liu JT, Wei W, Chen J. 2014. Detection of the Three Gorges Dam influence on the Changjiang (Yangtze River) submerged delta. Sci Rep 4:6600.

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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Baguley D, Andersson G, McFerran D, McKenna L. 2013. Tinnitus: A Multidisciplinary Approach. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., West Sussex, UK.
An edited book
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Alpini DC. 2014. Vertigo Rehabilitation Protocols. Springer International Publishing, Cham.
A chapter in an edited book
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Töppe E, Oswald MR, Cremers D, Rother C. 2011. Image-Based 3D Modeling via Cheeger Sets, p. 53–64. In Kimmel, R, Klette, R, Sugimoto, A (eds.), Computer Vision – ACCV 2010: 10th Asian Conference on Computer Vision, Queenstown, New Zealand, November 8-12, 2010, Revised Selected Papers, Part I. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.

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 Biology.

Blog post
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Andrew E. 2015. Genes Connected to Autism Active During Fetal Development. IFLScience. IFLScience.

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. 1993. NASA’s FMFIA Assertions and CFO Plan. AFMD-93-65R. 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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Nixon HA. 2015. Defining Principals: The Seen and the Unseen. A Critical Discourse Analysis of Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium Standards Five and Six. Doctoral dissertation, George Washington University, Washington, DC.

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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Feeney K. 2006. QUICK BITE | Peapack; Chocolate And a Touch Of Chic. New York Times.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in parentheses:

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 Biology
AbbreviationMol. Cell. Biol.
ISSN (print)0270-7306
ISSN (online)1098-5549
ScopeCell Biology
Molecular Biology

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