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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology. 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
Graham-Rowe, D., 2012. Therapeutics: Strength in numbers. Nature 489, S16-7.
A journal article with 2 authors
Morone, F., Makse, H.A., 2015. Influence maximization in complex networks through optimal percolation. Nature 524, 65–68.
A journal article with 3 authors
Batson, P.E., Dellby, N., Krivanek, O.L., 2002. Sub-ångstrom resolution using aberration corrected electron optics. Nature 418, 617–620.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Kang, W.N., Kim, H.J., Choi, E.M., Jung, C.U., Lee, S.I., 2001. MgB2 superconducting thin films with a transition temperature of 39 kelvin. Science 292, 1521–1523.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Taylor, F.J., 2011. Digital Filters. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Michailov, M. (Ed.), 2011. Nanophenomena at Surfaces: Fundamentals of Exotic Condensed Matter Properties, Springer Series in Surface Sciences. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Krummenacher, H., 2006. Computer Assisted Early Warning – the FAST Example, in: Trappl, R. (Ed.), Programming for Peace: Computer-Aided Methods for International Conflict Resolution and Prevention, Advances in Group Decision and Negotiation. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, pp. 71–80.

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 Endocrinology.

Blog post
Andrew, E., 2015. Former NASA Engineer Plans To Plant 1 Billion Trees A Year Using Drones [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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, 1999. Year 2000 Computing Crisis: The District of Columbia Remains Behind Schedule (No. T-AIMD-99-84). 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
Kolakoski, M., 2013. The appeal to be heard and the trope of listening in classic film and African American literature (Doctoral dissertation). University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.

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
Berkon, B., 2016. Jewish Player’s Card From 1914 Provokes a $125,000 Dispute. New York Times D5.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Graham-Rowe, 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Graham-Rowe, 2012; Morone and Makse, 2015).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Morone and Makse, 2015)
  • Three or more authors: (Kang et al., 2001)

About the journal

Full journal titleMolecular and Cellular Endocrinology
AbbreviationMol. Cell. Endocrinol.
ISSN (print)0303-7207
Molecular Biology

Other styles