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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Ball P (2002) Statistics: the physics of society. Nature 415:371
A journal article with 2 authors
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Mehl G, Labrique A (2014) Prioritizing integrated mHealth strategies for universal health coverage. Science 345:1284–1287
A journal article with 3 authors
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Whitfield CW, Cziko A-M, Robinson GE (2003) Gene expression profiles in the brain predict behavior in individual honey bees. Science 302:296–299
A journal article with 5 or more authors
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Zhang J, Kaasik K, Blackburn MR, Lee CC (2006) Constant darkness is a circadian metabolic signal in mammals. Nature 439:340–343

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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Collings S (2015) Interpretation and Application of UK GAAP. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK
An edited book
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Hougaard S (2009) The Relationship Marketer: Rethinking Strategic Relationship Marketing, Second Edition. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
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Besson F, Blazy S, Wilke P (2015) A Concrete Memory Model for CompCert. In: Urban C, Zhang X (eds) Interactive Theorem Proving: 6th International Conference, ITP 2015, Nanjing, China, August 24-27, 2015, Proceedings. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp 67–83

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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Hamilton K (2016) The Most Important Dam You Probably Haven’t Heard Of. In: IFLScience. 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 (2011) Motor Carrier Safety: FMCSA Has Devoted a Small but Increasing Amount of Resources to Develop the Compliance, Safety, Accountability Program but Is Requesting a Significant Increase for Full Implementation. 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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Delmont LO (2012) Wings pumping, wings stilled. 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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(nyt) SK (2004) World Briefing | Europe: Russia: Summer Camp For Budding Thieves. New York Times A9

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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