How to format your references using the Molecular Astrophysics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Molecular Astrophysics. 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
Moore, P.D., 2001. A never-ending story. Nature 409, 565.
A journal article with 2 authors
Schmiedmayer, J., Berges, J., 2013. Physics. Cold atom cosmology. Science 341, 1188–1189.
A journal article with 3 authors
Shao, B., Feng, M., Zuo, X., 2014. Carrier-dependent magnetic anisotropy of cobalt doped titanium dioxide. Sci. Rep. 4, 7496.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Hu, R.-G., Sheng, J., Qi, X., Xu, Z., Takahashi, T.T., Varshavsky, A., 2005. The N-end rule pathway as a nitric oxide sensor controlling the levels of multiple regulators. Nature 437, 981–986.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Moskowitz, H.R., Porretta, S., Silcher, M., 2008. Concept Research in Food Product Design and Development. Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, UK.
An edited book
Watkins, R.G., III, Watkins, R.G., IV (Eds.), 2015. Surgical Approaches to the Spine, 3rd ed. 2015. ed. Springer, New York, NY.
A chapter in an edited book
Sturre, L., Chiappe, D., Vu, K.-P.L., Strybel, T.Z., 2015. Using Eye Movements to Test Assumptions of the Situation Present Assessment Method, in: Yamamoto, S. (Ed.), Human Interface and the Management of Information. Information and Knowledge in Context: 17th International Conference, HCI International 2015, Los Angeles, CA, USA, August 2-7, 2015, Proceedings, Part II, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 45–52.

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 Astrophysics.

Blog post
Andrew, E., 2015. How The Science Of Human Behavior Is Beginning To Reshape The US Government [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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, 1994. Mass Transit: Issues Related to Fiscal Year 1995 Appropriations (No. T-RCED-94-180). 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
Casale, N., 2015. Generational preferences in marketing medium selections of animal adoptions in nonprofit organizations: A correlational study (Doctoral dissertation). University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ.

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
Sisario, B., 2017. Jay-Z’s ‘4:44’ Takes An Easy Trip to No. 1. New York Times C3.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Moore, 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Moore, 2001; Schmiedmayer and Berges, 2013).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Schmiedmayer and Berges, 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Hu et al., 2005)

About the journal

Full journal titleMolecular Astrophysics
ISSN (print)2405-6758

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