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
Alford, M.H., 2003. Redistribution of energy available for ocean mixing by long-range propagation of internal waves. Nature 423, 159–162.
A journal article with 2 authors
Chatterjee, S., Callaway, E.M., 2003. Parallel colour-opponent pathways to primary visual cortex. Nature 426, 668–671.
A journal article with 3 authors
Piras, V., Tomita, M., Selvarajoo, K., 2014. Transcriptome-wide variability in single embryonic development cells. Sci. Rep. 4, 7137.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Kapoor, T.M., Lampson, M.A., Hergert, P., Cameron, L., Cimini, D., Salmon, E.D., McEwen, B.F., Khodjakov, A., 2006. Chromosomes can congress to the metaphase plate before biorientation. Science 311, 388–391.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Theodore, L., Kunz, R.G., 2005. Nanotechnology: Environmental Implications and Solutions. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Hanslmeier, A., Kempe, S., Seckbach, J. (Eds.), 2012. Life on Earth and other Planetary Bodies, Cellular Origin, Life in Extreme Habitats and Astrobiology. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht.
A chapter in an edited book
Costabile, M.F., Mussio, P., Parasiliti Provenza, L., Piccinno, A., 2009. Supporting End Users to Be Co-designers of Their Tools, in: Pipek, V., Rosson, M.B., Ruyter, B. de, Wulf, V. (Eds.), End-User Development: 2nd International Symposium, IS-EUD 2009, Siegen, Germany, March 2-4, 2009. Proceedings, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 70–85.

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. What’s The Healthiest Position To Sleep In? [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, 2012. James Webb Space Telescope: Actions Needed to Improve Cost Estimate and Oversight of Test and Integration (No. GAO-13-4). 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
Klein, J., 2017. Mississippian Space and Place: A Geographical Study of Archaeological Site Data in the American Bottom (Doctoral dissertation). Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL.

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
Reinhart, M.K., 2010. Perla Farias and David Portugal Jr. New York Times ST9.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Alford, 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Alford, 2003; Chatterjee and Callaway, 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Chatterjee and Callaway, 2003)
  • Three or more authors: (Kapoor 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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