How to format your references using the Molecular Cytogenetics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Molecular Cytogenetics. 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. Herculano-Houzel S. Neuroscience. Sleep it out. Science. 2013;342:316–7.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. Slee EA, Lu X. Requirement for phosphorylation of P53 at Ser312 in suppression of chemical carcinogenesis. Sci Rep. 2013;3:3105.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. Dieterich J, Cayol V, Okubo P. The use of earthquake rate changes as a stress meter at Kilauea volcano. Nature. 2000;408:457–60.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
1. Volfson D, Marciniak J, Blake WJ, Ostroff N, Tsimring LS, Hasty J. Origins of extrinsic variability in eukaryotic gene expression. Nature. 2006;439:861–4.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. Böhm M. Symmetrien in Festkörpern. Weinheim, FRG: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA; 2005.
An edited book
1. Ashbee R, Bignell EM, editors. Pathogenic Yeasts. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2010.
A chapter in an edited book
1. Mariette J, Olteanu M, Boelaert J, Villa-Vialaneix N. Bagged Kernel SOM. In: Villmann T, Schleif F-M, Kaden M, Lange M, editors. Advances in Self-Organizing Maps and Learning Vector Quantization: Proceedings of the 10th International Workshop, WSOM 2014, Mittweida, Germany, July, 2-4, 2014. Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2014. p. 45–54.

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 Cytogenetics.

Blog post
1. Fang J. Birds Adapting to Chernobyl’s Radiation [Internet]. IFLScience. IFLScience; 2014 [cited 2018 Oct 30]. Available from: https://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/birds-adapting-chernobyls-radiation/

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. Improvements Needed in NASA’s Estimating and Reporting of Program Costs. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1973 May. Report No.: 093832.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1. Allen MW. Popular Culture and War in the Vietnam Era [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. Hodara S. Leadership on View in ‘ArtWalk’ Near West Point. New York Times. 2015 May 31;WE9.

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 Cytogenetics
AbbreviationMol. Cytogenet.
ISSN (online)1755-8166
ScopeBiochemistry
Genetics
Molecular Biology
Molecular Medicine
Biochemistry, medical
Genetics(clinical)

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