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
Fisher, C.B., 2006. Public health. Clinical trials results databases: unanswered questions. Science 311, 180–181.
A journal article with 2 authors
Maechler, P., Wollheim, C.B., 2001. Mitochondrial function in normal and diabetic beta-cells. Nature 414, 807–812.
A journal article with 3 authors
Hunte, C., Zickermann, V., Brandt, U., 2010. Functional modules and structural basis of conformational coupling in mitochondrial complex I. Science 329, 448–451.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Rocheleau, T., Ndukum, T., Macklin, C., Hertzberg, J.B., Clerk, A.A., Schwab, K.C., 2010. Preparation and detection of a mechanical resonator near the ground state of motion. Nature 463, 72–75.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Wang, J., Wang, Q., 2012. Body Area Communications. John Wiley & Sons (Asia) Pte Ltd, Singapore.
An edited book
Choi, T.-M., 2012. Risk Analysis in Stochastic Supply Chains: A Mean-Risk Approach, International Series in Operations Research & Management Science. Springer, New York, NY.
A chapter in an edited book
Rozowsky, J., Bertone, P., Royce, T., Weissman, S., Snyder, M., Gerstein, M., 2005. Analysis of Genomic Tiling Microarrays for Transcript Mapping and the Identification of Transcription Factor Binding Sites, in: Setubal, J.C., Verjovski-Almeida, S. (Eds.), Advances in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology: Brazilian Symposium on Bioinformatics, BSB 2005, Sao Leopoldo, Brazil, July 27-29, 2005. Proceedings, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 28–29.

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., 2014. Gut Viruses Join Gut Bacteria in the Fight to Keep Us Healthy [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, 2015. Internet Protocol Transition: FCC Should Strengthen Its Data Collection Efforts to Assess the Transition’s Effects (No. GAO-16-167). 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
Shenasi, S.Y., 2015. The Roots of Music Therapy: Healing the Wounds of the Psyche (Doctoral dissertation). Pacifica Graduate Institute, Carpinteria, 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
Feuer, A., 2015. A Campaign to Preserve the Ordinary. New York Times MB1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Fisher, 2006).
This sentence cites two references (Fisher, 2006; Maechler and Wollheim, 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Maechler and Wollheim, 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Rocheleau et al., 2010)

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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