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
Coates, A.J., 2011. Planetary science. Io’s tortured interior. Science 332, 1157–1158.
A journal article with 2 authors
Hardie, R.C., Raghu, P., 2001. Visual transduction in Drosophila. Nature 413, 186–193.
A journal article with 3 authors
Stenner, M.D., Gauthier, D.J., Neifeld, M.A., 2003. The speed of information in a “fast-light” optical medium. Nature 425, 695–698.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Donati, J.-F., Forveille, T., Cameron, A.C., Barnes, J.R., Delfosse, X., Jardine, M.M., Valenti, J.A., 2006. The large-scale axisymmetric magnetic topology of a very-low-mass fully convective star. Science 311, 633–635.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Corsi, P., Dulieu, M., 2013. The Marketing of Technology Intensive Products and Services. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Coudel, E., Devautour, H., Soulard, C.T., Faure, G., Hubert, B. (Eds.), 2013. Renewing innovation systems in agriculture and food: How to go towards more sustainability? Wageningen Academic Publishers, Wageningen.
A chapter in an edited book
Yousuf, T.B., 2014. 3R (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle) in Bangladesh, in: Pariatamby, A., Tanaka, M. (Eds.), Municipal Solid Waste Management in Asia and the Pacific Islands: Challenges and Strategic Solutions, Environmental Science and Engineering. Springer, Singapore, pp. 61–75.

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
Luntz, S., 2015. Outstanding Planetary System On Our Astronomical Doorstep [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, 2015. Medicaid Information Technology: CMS Supports Use of Program Integrity Systems but Should Require States to Determine Effectiveness (No. GAO-15-207). 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
Catt, B.S., 2010. The reduction of surgical errors through a development of safety culture, teamwork, and communication (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, 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
Rotella, C., 2017. LaMotta: More Than ‘Raging.’ New York Times A27.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Coates, 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Coates, 2011; Hardie and Raghu, 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Hardie and Raghu, 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Donati et al., 2006)

About the journal

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

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