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
DeWeerdt, S., 2013. Vaccines: An age-old problem. Nature 502, S8-9.
A journal article with 2 authors
Cardoso da Silva, J.M., Tabarelli, M., 2000. Tree species impoverishment and the future flora of the Atlantic forest of northeast Brazil. Nature 404, 72–74.
A journal article with 3 authors
Sadqi, M., Fushman, D., Muñoz, V., 2006. Atom-by-atom analysis of global downhill protein folding. Nature 442, 317–321.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Slon, V., Mafessoni, F., Vernot, B., de Filippo, C., Grote, S., Viola, B., Hajdinjak, M., Peyrégne, S., Nagel, S., Brown, S., Douka, K., Higham, T., Kozlikin, M.B., Shunkov, M.V., Derevianko, A.P., Kelso, J., Meyer, M., Prüfer, K., Pääbo, S., 2018. The genome of the offspring of a Neanderthal mother and a Denisovan father. Nature 561, 113–116.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Abran, A., 2015. Software Project Estimation. John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Holm, C., Kremer, K. (Eds.), 2009. Advanced Computer Simulation Approaches for Soft Matter Sciences III, Advances in Polymer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Trovati, M., 2015. An Overview of Some Theoretical Topological Aspects of Big Data, in: Trovati, M., Hill, R., Anjum, A., Zhu, S.Y., Liu, L. (Eds.), Big-Data Analytics and Cloud Computing: Theory, Algorithms and Applications. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 53–64.

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. Why Are There So Many Beetles? They’re Extinction-Resistant [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, 1973. Protest of Air Force Contract Award (No. B-175469). 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
Seipert, K.G., 2013. A correlational analysis of the values of Baby Boomer and Generation X rural public school principals (Doctoral dissertation). University of Phoenix, Phoenix, 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
ADAM LIPTAK; Janet Roberts of The Times’s computer-assisted reporting unit contributed reporting for this series. She was assisted by Jack Styczynski, Anderson, D., Amster, L., Begg, J., Delaquérière, A., Jamison, S., Lyles, T., Wilder, C., 2005. To More Inmates, Life Term Means Dying Behind Bars. New York Times 11.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (DeWeerdt, 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Cardoso da Silva and Tabarelli, 2000; DeWeerdt, 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Cardoso da Silva and Tabarelli, 2000)
  • Three or more authors: (Slon et al., 2018)

About the journal

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

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