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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Molecular and Cellular Pediatrics. 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
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Skinner L (2012) Climate change. A long view on climate sensitivity. Science 337:917–919
A journal article with 2 authors
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Wu L-Q, Dickman JD (2012) Neural correlates of a magnetic sense. Science 336:1054–1057
A journal article with 3 authors
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Son Y-W, Cohen ML, Louie SG (2006) Half-metallic graphene nanoribbons. Nature 444:347–349
A journal article with 5 or more authors
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Du J, Wang Q, Jiang G, et al (2014) Ytterbium-doped fiber laser passively mode locked by few-layer Molybdenum Disulfide (MoS2) saturable absorber functioned with evanescent field interaction. Sci Rep 4:6346

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
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The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (2014) Energy Materials 2014. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
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Vincent J-L (2012) Annual Update in Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine 2012. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
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Hyerle D (2008) Thinking Maps®: A Visual Language for Learning. In: Okada A, Shum SB, Sherborne T (eds) Knowledge Cartography: Software Tools and Mapping Techniques. Springer, London, pp 73–88

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 Pediatrics.

Blog post
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O`Callaghan J (2016) Scientists May Have Discovered A New State Of Liquid Water. In: IFLScience. Accessed 30 Oct 2018

Reports

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
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Government Accountability Office (2007) DOD Schools: Additional Reporting Could Improve Accountability for Academic Achievement of Students with Dyslexia. 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
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Baker BR (2012) Schizophrenia-spectrum behavior and peer responses to individuals with social anhedonia. Doctoral dissertation, University of Maryland, College Park

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
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Kinsley M (2017) The Upside to the Presidential Twitter Feed. New York Times SR2

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [1].
This sentence cites two references [1, 2].
This sentence cites four references [1–4].

About the journal

Full journal titleMolecular and Cellular Pediatrics
AbbreviationMol. Cell. Pediatr.
ISSN (online)2194-7791
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