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
Lang, T., 2011. Advancing global health research through digital technology and sharing data. Science 331, 714–717.
A journal article with 2 authors
Mann, C.C., Plummer, M.L., 2000. ECOLOGY: The Other H’s. Science 289, 718.
A journal article with 3 authors
Rosu, S., Libuda, D.E., Villeneuve, A.M., 2011. Robust crossover assurance and regulated interhomolog access maintain meiotic crossover number. Science 334, 1286–1289.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Onishi, Y., Ueha, T., Kawamoto, T., Hara, H., Toda, M., Harada, R., Minoda, M., Kurosaka, M., Akisue, T., 2014. Regulation of mitochondrial proliferation by PGC-1α induces cellular apoptosis in musculoskeletal malignancies. Sci. Rep. 4, 3916.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kissell, J., 2009. Mac® Security Bible. Wiley Publishing, Inc., Indianapolis, IN, USA.
An edited book
Taylor, M., 2015. A Year in the Life of a Third Space Urban Teacher Residency: Using Inquiry to Reinvent Teacher Education, Bold Visions in Educational Research. SensePublishers, Rotterdam.
A chapter in an edited book
DeWitt, S.J., Kroener, S., Filbey, F.M., 2013. Cue-Elicited Craving for Cannabis Activates the Reward Neurocircuitry Associated with the Neuropathology of Addiction, in: Van Bockstaele, E.J. (Ed.), Endocannabinoid Regulation of Monoamines in Psychiatric and Neurological Disorders. Springer, New York, NY, pp. 55–71.

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
Carpineti, A., 2017. Astronomers Create Largest Map Of The Universe Yet [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, 1977. Human Resources Research and Development Results Can Be Better Managed (No. FPCD-77-43). 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
Berkow, K., 2017. Importance of Effective Leadership for the Success of Mergers and Acquisitions (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
Crow, K., 2000. Where “You Have a Hole in One” Doesn’t Mean You Have a Cavity. New York Times 145.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Lang, 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Lang, 2011; Mann and Plummer, 2000).

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

  • Two authors: (Mann and Plummer, 2000)
  • Three or more authors: (Onishi et al., 2014)

About the journal

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

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