How to format your references using the Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience. 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
Chen, I.A., 2006. GE Prize-winning essay. The emergence of cells during the origin of life. Science 314, 1558–1559.
A journal article with 2 authors
Huang, B.-L., Mackem, S., 2014. Evolutionary developmental biology: Use it or lose it. Nature 511, 34–35.
A journal article with 3 authors
Ismail-Zadeh, A., Honda, S., Tsepelev, I., 2013. Linking mantle upwelling with the lithosphere descent [corrected] and the Japan Sea evolution: a hypothesis. Sci. Rep. 3, 1137.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Lai, Y., Lou, X., Wang, C., Xia, T., Tong, J., 2014. Synaptotagmin 1 and Ca2+ drive trans SNARE zippering. Sci. Rep. 4, 4575.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Das, J.C., 2017. Understanding Symmetrical Components for Power System Modeling. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Cabestany, J., Sandoval, F., Prieto, A., Corchado, J.M. (Eds.), 2009. Bio-Inspired Systems: Computational and Ambient Intelligence: 10th International Work-Conference on Artificial Neural Networks, IWANN 2009, Salamanca, Spain, June 10-12, 2009. Proceedings, Part I, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Eladawi, A.E., Diab, T.O., Elmetwally, H.T., 2016. Forming Temperature Investigation of Aluminum and Aluminum/Silicon Carbide Using Image Texture Features, in: Öchsner, A., Altenbach, H. (Eds.), Machining, Joining and Modifications of Advanced Materials, Advanced Structured Materials. Springer, Singapore, pp. 33–44.

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 Neuroscience.

Blog post
Andrews, R., 2017. Explosion At Mount Etna Nearly Kills BBC Film Crew [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, 1999. Telecommunications: Impact of Sports Programming Costs on Cable Television Rates (No. RCED-99-136). 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
Guzman, F., 2013. Terra Forming with You and Me (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
Vecsey, G., 2010. For Knicks’ Lee, a Grandfather, Mentor and Pal. New York Times B9.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Chen, 2006).
This sentence cites two references (Chen, 2006; Huang and Mackem, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Huang and Mackem, 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Lai et al., 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleMolecular and Cellular Neuroscience
AbbreviationMol. Cell. Neurosci.
ISSN (print)1044-7431
ScopeCell Biology
Molecular Biology
Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

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