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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Graham J (2014) Behavior. Morality beyond the lab. Science 345:1242
A journal article with 2 authors
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Kunz W, Kellermeier M (2009) Materials science. Beyond biomineralization. Science 323:344–345
A journal article with 3 authors
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MacDonald MP, Spalding GC, Dholakia K (2003) Microfluidic sorting in an optical lattice. Nature 426:421–424
A journal article with 5 or more authors
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Ge X-L, Zhang Y, Wu Y, et al (2014) Identification of a novel GJA8 (Cx50) point mutation causes human dominant congenital cataracts. Sci Rep 4:4121

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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Cretu O, Stewart R, Berends T (2011) Risk Management for Design and Construction. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
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Chan AHS, Ao S-I (2008) Advances in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research. Springer US, Boston, MA
A chapter in an edited book
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Hennessy DA, Wang T (2012) Animal Disease and the Industrialization of Agriculture. In: Zilberman D, Otte J, Roland-Holst D, Pfeiffer D (eds) Health and Animal Agriculture in Developing Countries. Springer, New York, NY, pp 77–99

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 (2015) How Smartphones Can Lead The Fight Against Air Pollution. In: IFLScience. https://www.iflscience.com/technology/how-smartphones-can-lead-fight-against-air-pollution/. 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 (1991) Earth Observing System: Information on NASA’s Selection of Data Centers. 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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Gilmore KD (2010) With their heads in the lion’s mouth: Exploring the novels of Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright and Ralph Ellison through social contract theory. 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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Hodara S (2014) The City as Gallery. New York Times WE7

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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