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
Fais, F., 2007. Making contacts online. Nature 447, 1140.
A journal article with 2 authors
Klejnot, J., Lin, C., 2004. Plant sciences. A CONSTANS experience brought to light. Science 303, 965–966.
A journal article with 3 authors
Bino, A., Ardon, M., Shirman, E., 2005. Formation of a carbon-carbon triple bond by coupling reactions in aqueous solution. Science 308, 234–235.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Cardillo, M., Mace, G.M., Jones, K.E., Bielby, J., Bininda-Emonds, O.R.P., Sechrest, W., Orme, C.D.L., Purvis, A., 2005. Multiple causes of high extinction risk in large mammal species. Science 309, 1239–1241.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Šolín, P., 2005. Partial Differential Equations and the Finite Element Method. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Wang, L. (Ed.), 2005. Computing and Combinatorics: 11th Annual International Conference, COCOON 2005 Kunming, China, August 16–19, 2005 Proceedings, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Fragnelli, V., Ortona, G., 2006. Comparison of Electoral Systems: Simulative and Game Theoretic Approaches, in: Simeone, B., Pukelsheim, F. (Eds.), Mathematics and Democracy: Recent Advances in Voting Systems and Collective Choice, Studies in Choice and Welfare. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 65–81.

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
Davis, J., 2016. Wild Pigs Forage – And Sleep – Along Magnetic Lines [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, 2003. Information Technology: Departmental Leadership Crucial to Success of Investment Reforms at Interior (No. GAO-03-1028). 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
Gauen, K.E., 2009. The impact of the Instructional Practices Inventory at an Illinois middle school (Doctoral dissertation). Lindenwood University, St. Charles, MO.

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
Poniewozik, J., 2017. Deadly, Stylish Comfort. New York Times C4.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Fais, 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Fais, 2007; Klejnot and Lin, 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Klejnot and Lin, 2004)
  • Three or more authors: (Cardillo et al., 2005)

About the journal

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

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