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
Chalker, D.L., 2014. Epigenetics: Keeping one’s sex. Nature 509, 430–431.
A journal article with 2 authors
Bonnet, R.-M., Bleeker, J.A.M., 2011. Astrophysics. A dark age for space astronomy? Science 333, 161–162.
A journal article with 3 authors
Kahn, S.E., Hull, R.L., Utzschneider, K.M., 2006. Mechanisms linking obesity to insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. Nature 444, 840–846.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Perez, F.F., Fontela, M., García-Ibáñez, M.I., Mercier, H., Velo, A., Lherminier, P., Zunino, P., de la Paz, M., Alonso-Pérez, F., Guallart, E.F., Padin, X.A., 2018. Meridional overturning circulation conveys fast acidification to the deep Atlantic Ocean. Nature 554, 515–518.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Pearson, D., Grace, C., 2012. Weight Management. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd,., West Sussex, UK.
An edited book
Thillart, G. van D., Dufour, S., Rankin, J.C. (Eds.), 2009. Spawning Migration of the European Eel: Reproduction Index, a Useful Tool for Conservation Management, Fish & Fisheries Series. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht.
A chapter in an edited book
Curry, G.L., Feldman, R.M., 2009. Multiple-Stage Single-Product Factory Models, in: Feldman, R.M. (Ed.), Manufacturing Systems Modeling and Analysis. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 125–157.

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
Fang, J., 2015. Researchers Grow Rat Forelimb in the Lab [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, 1997. Program Status: Naval Surface Fire Support (No. NSIAD-97-179R). 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
Aguilar, M., 2010. Latina single mothers: Perspectives on parenting (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
Berkman, S., 2017. After Harvey Is Disciplined, The Marlins Punish His Fill-In. New York Times D3.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Chalker, 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Bonnet and Bleeker, 2011; Chalker, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Bonnet and Bleeker, 2011)
  • Three or more authors: (Perez et al., 2018)

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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