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
Gill, P., 2000. Optical clocks coming of age. Nature 407, 579–580.
A journal article with 2 authors
Ahmed, W.W., Saif, T.A., 2014. Active transport of vesicles in neurons is modulated by mechanical tension. Sci. Rep. 4, 4481.
A journal article with 3 authors
Clem, R.L., Celikel, T., Barth, A.L., 2008. Ongoing in vivo experience triggers synaptic metaplasticity in the neocortex. Science 319, 101–104.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Reddy, P., Jang, S.-Y., Segalman, R.A., Majumdar, A., 2007. Thermoelectricity in molecular junctions. Science 315, 1568–1571.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Nova, R., 2013. Soil Mechanics. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Dan, M.B., Přikryl, R., Török, Á. (Eds.), 2010. Materials, Technologies and Practice in Historic Heritage Structures. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht.
A chapter in an edited book
Swanson, R., Gordon, A.S., 2008. Say Anything: A Massively Collaborative Open Domain Story Writing Companion, in: Spierling, U., Szilas, N. (Eds.), Interactive Storytelling: First Joint International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling, ICIDS 2008 Erfurt, Germany, November 26-29, 2008 Proceedings, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 32–40.

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
Carpineti, A., 2016. ISS Completes Historic 100,000th Orbit Of Earth [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, 2004. HHS’s Efforts to Promote Health Information Technology and Legal Barriers to Its Adoption (No. GAO-04-991R). 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
Alexander, B.C., 2009. A descriptive study of intercollegiate athletics in Mississippi’s public community and junior colleges (Doctoral dissertation). Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS.

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
Kelly, C., 2000. The Phantom Typist Revealed. New York Times 14WC8.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Gill, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Ahmed and Saif, 2014; Gill, 2000).

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

  • Two authors: (Ahmed and Saif, 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Reddy et al., 2007)

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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