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
Brenner, S. E. (2007) Common sense for our genomes. Nature 449, 783–784
A journal article with 2 authors
Scholes, M. C., and Scholes, R. J. (2013) Ecology. Dust unto dust. Science 342, 565–566
A journal article with 3 authors
Iwai, M., Yokono, M., and Nakano, A. (2014) Visualizing structural dynamics of thylakoid membranes. Sci. Rep. 4, 3768
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Angers, R. C., Kang, H.-E., Napier, D., Browning, S., Seward, T., Mathiason, C., Balachandran, A., McKenzie, D., Castilla, J., Soto, C., Jewell, J., Graham, C., Hoover, E. A., and Telling, G. C. (2010) Prion strain mutation determined by prion protein conformational compatibility and primary structure. Science 328, 1154–1158

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Moe, T. M., and Chubb, J. E. (2009) Liberating Learning (Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, CA, USA)
An edited book
Ember, M., Ember, C. R., and Skoggard, I. eds. (2005) Encyclopedia of Diasporas: Immigrant and Refugee Cultures Around the World (Springer US, Boston, MA)
A chapter in an edited book
Salem, M. B., Hershkop, S., and Stolfo, S. J. (2008) in Insider Attack and Cyber Security: Beyond the Hacker, Advances in Information Security., eds Stolfo SJ, Bellovin SM, Keromytis AD, Hershkop S, Smith SW, Sinclair S (Springer US, Boston, MA), pp 69–90.

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
Fang, J. (2014) Female Promiscuity Prevents Infanticide, Leads to Bigger Balls. 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 (2011) Traffic and Vehicle Safety: Reauthorization Offers Opportunities to Extend Recent Progress (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
Lindemann-Litzsinger, C. (2017) Investigating the Possible Relationship Between Participation in High School Athletics and First-Generation College Student Persistence to College Graduation.

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
Meier, A., and Musick, K. (2012) Is the Family Dinner Overrated? New York Times, SR9

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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