How to format your references using the Molecular Cancer Research citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Molecular Cancer Research. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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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Russo E. Bricks and mortar. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Nature. 2004;431:882.
A journal article with 2 authors
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Kuwayama H, Ishida S. Biological soliton in multicellular movement. Sci Rep. 2013;3:2272.
A journal article with 3 authors
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Amin M, Farhat M, Baǧcı H. A dynamically reconfigurable Fano metamaterial through graphene tuning for switching and sensing applications. Sci Rep. 2013;3:2105.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
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Arimura Y, Shirayama K, Horikoshi N, Fujita R, Taguchi H, Kagawa W, et al. Crystal structure and stable property of the cancer-associated heterotypic nucleosome containing CENP-A and H3.3. Sci Rep. 2014;4:7115.

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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Deacon M, Derry A, Mirfendereski D. Inflation-indexed Securities. Oxford, UK: John Wiley & Sons Ltd; 2004.
An edited book
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Gullino ML, Munkvold G, editors. Global Perspectives on the Health of Seeds and Plant Propagation Material. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands; 2014.
A chapter in an edited book
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Valeta T. Historical Aspects of Epilepsy: Overview. In: Panayiotopoulos CP, editor. Atlas of Epilepsies. London: Springer; 2010. page 23–5.

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 Cancer Research.

Blog post
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Andrew E. New Analysis Of Sunspot History Challenges Climate Skeptics. IFLScience. IFLScience; 2015.

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. Summary of Improvement Actions Taken by the Government Printing Office in the Utilization and Management of Automatic Data Processing Resources. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1976 May. Report No.: FGMSD-76-58.

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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Cho Y. Chinese restaurant business and Taiwanese pentecostalism in Southern California [Doctoral dissertation]. [Long Beach, CA]: California State University, Long Beach; 2013.

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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Crow K. It’s Still Audrey’s College, Even If Her Name Is Gone. New York Times. 2002;146.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in parentheses:

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 Cancer Research
AbbreviationMol. Cancer Res.
ISSN (print)1541-7786
ISSN (online)1557-3125
ScopeCancer Research
Molecular Biology
Oncology

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