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
Apeloig, Y. (2011) Chemistry. The diamond within a silicon analog of cyclobutadiene. Science 331, 1277–1278
A journal article with 2 authors
Pauluis, O., and Dias, J. (2012) Satellite estimates of precipitation-induced dissipation in the atmosphere. Science 335, 953–956
A journal article with 3 authors
Zhang, C., Yang, Y.-P., and Duan, Y.-W. (2014) Pollen sensitivity to ultraviolet-B (UV-B) suggests floral structure evolution in alpine plants. Sci. Rep. 4, 4520
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Koskelainen, A., Ala-Laurila, P., Fyhrquist, N., and Donner, K. (2000) Measurement of thermal contribution to photoreceptor sensitivity. Nature 403, 220–223

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Mitola, J., III (2002) Software Radio Architecture (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York, USA)
An edited book
Langer, U., Discacciati, M., Keyes, D. E., Widlund, O. B., and Zulehner, W. eds. (2008) Domain Decomposition Methods in Science and Engineering XVII (Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg)
A chapter in an edited book
Gerovitch, S. (2016) in Mathematical Cultures: The London Meetings 2012-2014, Trends in the History of Science., ed Larvor B (Springer International Publishing, Cham), pp 51–70.

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
O`Callaghan, J. (2015) You Can Now View More Than 10,000 High-Res Photos From The Apollo Missions. 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 (1976) Organization Conflict of Interest (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
Gates, D. A. (2017) Best Practices and Strategies for Financial Literacy in Faith-Based Organizations.

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
Neuman, W. (2015) Colombia Rebels End Truce After a Government Attack. New York Times, A6

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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