How to format your references using the Molecular Biology Reports citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Molecular Biology Reports. 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
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Kempermann G (2013) Neuroscience. What the bomb said about the brain. Science 340:1180–1181
A journal article with 2 authors
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Kawakatsu H, Watada S (2007) Seismic evidence for deep-water transportation in the mantle. Science 316:1468–1471
A journal article with 3 authors
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Zhang YV, Ni J, Montell C (2013) The molecular basis for attractive salt-taste coding in Drosophila. Science 340:1334–1338
A journal article with 5 or more authors
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Dyachok O, Isakov Y, Sågetorp J, Tengholm A (2006) Oscillations of cyclic AMP in hormone-stimulated insulin-secreting beta-cells. Nature 439:349–352

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
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Center for Chemical Process Safety (2010) Guidelines for Acquisition Evaluation and Post Merger Integration. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
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Ambrose D, Sternberg RJ (2016) Creative Intelligence in the 21st Century: Grappling with Enormous Problems and Huge Opportunities. SensePublishers, Rotterdam
A chapter in an edited book
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Tuchscherer A (2005) Dynamical Configuration of Transparent Optical Telecommunication Networks. In: Fleuren H, Hertog DD, Kort P (eds) Operations Research Proceedings 2004: Selected Papers of the Annual International Conference of the German Operations Research Society (GOR). Jointly Organized with the Netherlands Society for Operations Research (NGB) Tilburg, September 1–3, 2004. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 25–32

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 Biology Reports.

Blog post
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Andrew E (2014) Insects Are the Great Survivors in Evolution: New Study. In: IFLScience. https://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/insects-are-great-survivors-evolution-new-study/. Accessed 30 Oct 2018

Reports

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
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Government Accountability Office (1975) Opportunities for Improving Computer Use in the Bureau of the Mint. 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
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Mocilnikar GE (2011) Playing with movies: An examination of the interactions between music and film in “Fantasie for horn and film.” Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach

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
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Fernandez M, Fausset R (2017) Houston Mayor’s Grave Dilemma: Whether to Tell Residents to Stay or Go. New York Times A11

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

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 Biology Reports
AbbreviationMol. Biol. Rep.
ISSN (print)0301-4851
ISSN (online)1573-4978
ScopeGenetics
Molecular Biology
General Medicine

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