How to format your references using the Molecular Brain citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Molecular Brain. 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
1. Chamberlain JS. Genetics. A genetic intervention stands a skip away from clinical tests. Science. 2012;338:1431–2.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. Levin LA, Le Bris N. The deep ocean under climate change. Science. 2015;350:766–8.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. Li B, Yu Z-H, Fei S-M. Geometry of quantum computation with qutrits. Sci Rep. 2013;3:2594.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
1. Keppler F, Eiden R, Niedan V, Pracht J, Schöler HF. Halocarbons produced by natural oxidation processes during degradation of organic matter. Nature. 2000;403:298–301.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. Goossens F. How to Implement Market Models Using VBA. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd; 2015.
An edited book
1. Finkl CW, Makowski C, editors. Seafloor Mapping along Continental Shelves: Research and Techniques for Visualizing Benthic Environments. 1st ed. 2016. Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
1. Agrawal SS, Samant RM. Data Hiding in Gray-Scale Images Using Pixel Value Differencing. In: Shah K, Lakshmi Gorty VR, Phirke A, editors. Technology Systems and Management: First International Conference, ICTSM 2011, Mumbai, India, February 25-27, 2011 Selected Papers. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2011. p. 27–33.

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 Brain.

Blog post
1. Andrew E. Webcast Celebrates Two Years of Voyager’s Interstellar Space Travel [Internet]. IFLScience. IFLScience; 2014 [cited 2018 Oct 30]. Available from: https://www.iflscience.com/space/webcast-celebrates-two-years-voyager’s-interstellar-space-travel/

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
1. Government Accountability Office. Aviation Safety: FAA’s Assessment of Pre-flight Service Technology Options. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1994 Jun. Report No.: AIMD-94-137BR.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
1. Edwards K. Autism Spectrum Disorder and Social Narratives: Personalization of Delivery via Brief Experimental Analysis [Doctoral dissertation]. [Edwardsville, IL]: Southern Illinois University; 2017.

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
1. Goodstein L, Shear MD. Trump’s Order on Religious Liberty Pleases Some, but Lets Down Conservatives. New York Times. 2017 May 4;A22.

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 Brain
AbbreviationMol. Brain
ISSN (online)1756-6606
ScopeMolecular Biology
Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

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