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
Chait, B.T., 2006. Chemistry. Mass spectrometry: bottom-up or top-down? Science 314, 65–66.
A journal article with 2 authors
Camasso, N.M., Sanford, M.S., 2015. Design, synthesis, and carbon-heteroatom coupling reactions of organometallic nickel(IV) complexes. Science 347, 1218–1220.
A journal article with 3 authors
Storch, D., Marquet, P.A., Gaston, K.J., 2005. Ecology. Untangling an entangled bank. Science 307, 684–686.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Dobrosotskaya, I.Y., Seegmiller, A.C., Brown, M.S., Goldstein, J.L., Rawson, R.B., 2002. Regulation of SREBP processing and membrane lipid production by phospholipids in Drosophila. Science 296, 879–883.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Cremona, C., 2013. Structural Performance. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Masulli, F., Pasi, G., Yager, R. (Eds.), 2013. Fuzzy Logic and Applications: 10th International Workshop, WILF 2013, Genoa, Italy, November 19-22, 2013. Proceedings, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer International Publishing, Cham.
A chapter in an edited book
Apeldoorn, D., 2015. A Spatio-Temporal Multiagent Simulation Framework for Reusing Agents in Different Kinds of Scenarios, in: Müller, J.P., Ketter, W., Kaminka, G., Wagner, G., Bulling, N. (Eds.), Multiagent System Technologies: 13th German Conference, MATES 2015, Cottbus, Germany, September 28 - 30, 2015, Revised Selected Papers, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 79–97.

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
Fang, J., 2015. New Whale Species Possibly Discovered Near Antarctica [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL https://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/new-whale-species-possibly-discovered-near-antarctica/ (accessed 10.30.18).

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
Government Accountability Office, 1992. Stafford Student Loans: Lower Subsidy Payments Could Achieve Savings Without Affecting Access (No. HRD-92-7). 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
Bartenhagen, J., 2012. Transitioning organizations for sustainability: Exploring the intersection of sustainability, worldview, and organization development (Doctoral dissertation). Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA.

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
LaFRANIERE, S., Kirkpatrick, D.D., Vogel, K.P., 2017. Guest at Trump Tower Meeting Has Aided Close Allies of Putin. New York Times A1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Chait, 2006).
This sentence cites two references (Camasso and Sanford, 2015; Chait, 2006).

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

  • Two authors: (Camasso and Sanford, 2015)
  • Three or more authors: (Dobrosotskaya et al., 2002)

About the journal

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

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