How to format your references using the Molecular Diversity citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Molecular Diversity. 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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Abbott A (2002) Genomics: sorry, dogs - man’s got a new best friend. Nature 420:729
A journal article with 2 authors
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Barve A, Wagner A (2013) A latent capacity for evolutionary innovation through exaptation in metabolic systems. Nature 500:203–206
A journal article with 3 authors
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Davies JP, Chen FW, Ioannou YA (2000) Transmembrane molecular pump activity of Niemann-Pick C1 protein. Science 290:2295–2298
A journal article with 5 or more authors
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Gong H, Yang Y, Chen X, et al (2014) Gold nanoparticle transfer through photothermal effects in a metamaterial absorber by nanosecond laser. Sci Rep 4:6080

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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Pagliaro M (2010) Nano-Age. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany
An edited book
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Wang J-Y, Casero RA (2006) Polyamine Cell Signaling: Physiology, Pharmacology, and Cancer Research. Humana Press, Totowa, NJ
A chapter in an edited book
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Lee L, Wong PK (2006) Entrepreneurship Education—A Compendium of Related Issues. In: Parker S (ed) The Life Cycle of Entrepreneurial Ventures. Springer US, Boston, MA, pp 79–105

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 Diversity.

Blog post
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Fang J (2015) Researchers Sequenced 430,000-Year-Old DNA From Neanderthal Relative. 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 (1979) DOD Automated Systems Security Programs. 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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Pezzolesi MG (2008) Novel Mechanisms of PTEN Dysfunction in PTEN Hamartoma Tumor Syndromes. Doctoral dissertation, Ohio State University

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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Bilefsky D (2012) Romanian President Survives Ouster Bid. New York Times A8

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 Diversity
AbbreviationMol. Divers.
ISSN (print)1381-1991
ISSN (online)1573-501X
ScopeMolecular Biology
Catalysis
Inorganic Chemistry
Organic Chemistry
Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
Information Systems
General Medicine
Drug Discovery

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