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
Oullier, O. (2013) Behavioural insights are vital to policy-making. Nature 501, 463
A journal article with 2 authors
Oda, Y., and Fukuda, H. (2012) Initiation of cell wall pattern by a Rho- and microtubule-driven symmetry breaking. Science 337, 1333–1336
A journal article with 3 authors
Stern, P., Hines, P. J., and Travis, J. (2014) The aging brain. Introduction. Science 346, 566–567
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Azzouz, M., Ralph, G. S., Storkebaum, E., Walmsley, L. E., Mitrophanous, K. A., Kingsman, S. M., Carmeliet, P., and Mazarakis, N. D. (2004) VEGF delivery with retrogradely transported lentivector prolongs survival in a mouse ALS model. Nature 429, 413–417

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Willan, A. R., and Briggs, A. H. (2006) Statistical Analysis of Cost-effectiveness Data (John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK)
An edited book
Kudo, G. ed. (2016) Structure and Function of Mountain Ecosystems in Japan: Biodiversity and Vulnerability to Climate Change (Springer Japan, Tokyo)1st ed. 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
Montagnini, F. (2006) in Tropical Homegardens: A Time-Tested Example of Sustainable Agroforestry, Advances in Agroforestry., eds Kumar BM, Nair PKR (Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht), pp 61–84.

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. (2017) Vegetation Changes Rain And Clouds More Than We Thought. 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 (1999) Aviation Safety: FAA’s New Inspection System Offers Promise, but Problems Need to Be Addressed (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
Flores, E. (2010) An exploratory study on widows’ experiences following the loss of their spouse.

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
Baker, L. (2011) Developers Cater to Two-Wheeled Traffic in Portland, Ore. New York Times, B6

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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