How to format your references using the Molecular & Cellular Proteomics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Molecular & Cellular Proteomics. 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
Evans, R. L. (2008) Geochemistry. Carbon in charge. Science 322, 1338–1340
A journal article with 2 authors
Riskin, D. K., and Hermanson, J. W. (2005) Biomechanics: independent evolution of running in vampire bats. Nature 434, 292
A journal article with 3 authors
Palenzuela, C., Lehner, L., and Liebling, S. L. (2010) Dual jets from binary black holes. Science 329, 927–930
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Munekage, Y., Hashimoto, M., Miyake, C., Tomizawa, K.-I., Endo, T., Tasaka, M., and Shikanai, T. (2004) Cyclic electron flow around photosystem I is essential for photosynthesis. Nature 429, 579–582

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Rogers, E. F., Jr (2013) Aquinas and the Supreme Court (John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK)
An edited book
Elen, J., Stahl, E., Bromme, R., and Clarebout, G. eds. (2011) Links Between Beliefs and Cognitive Flexibility: Lessons Learned (Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht)
A chapter in an edited book
Fasthuber, R., Catthoor, F., Raghavan, P., and Naessens, F. (2013) in Energy-Efficient Communication Processors: Design and Implementation for Emerging Wireless Systems, eds Catthoor F, Raghavan P, Naessens F (Springer, New York, NY), pp 137–170.

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 & Cellular Proteomics.

Blog post
Luntz, S. (2014) Fleeting Beauty of the Jewels of the Sea. IFLScience,


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) Information Technology: Additional OMB and Agency Actions Needed to Ensure Portfolio Savings Are Realized and Effectively Tracked (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
Wilson, R. A. (2011) Spectroelectrochemical Sensing and Detection of Zinc in Serum by Anodic Stripping Voltammerty on a Bismuth Film Electrode.

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
Delury, J. (2017) Making a North Korea deal. New York Times, 0

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in parentheses:

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 & Cellular Proteomics
AbbreviationMol. Cell. Proteomics
ISSN (print)1535-9476
ISSN (online)1535-9484
Molecular Biology
Analytical Chemistry

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