How to format your references using the Molecular Endocrinology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Molecular Endocrinology. 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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Seitz F. Decline of the generalist. Nature 2000;403(6769):483.
A journal article with 2 authors
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Jin H-J, Kaplan DL. Mechanism of silk processing in insects and spiders. Nature 2003;424(6952):1057–1061.
A journal article with 3 authors
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Godfrey DI, Pellicci DG, Smyth MJ. Immunology. The elusive NKT cell antigen--is the search over? Science 2004;306(5702):1687–1689.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
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Orlov T, Yakovlev V, Hochstein S, Zohary E. Macaque monkeys categorize images by their ordinal number. Nature 2000;404(6773):77–80.

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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Zhang W, Shmulevich I, Astola J. Microarray Quality Control. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2005.
An edited book
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Chalamwong Y, Thabchumpon N, Chantavanich S, eds. Temporary Shelters and Surrounding Communities: Livelihood Opportunities, the Labour Market, Social Welfare and Social Security. Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2014.
A chapter in an edited book
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Webster-Stratton CH, Reid MJ. The Incredible Years Program for Children from Infancy to Pre-adolescence: Prevention and Treatment of Behavior Problems. In: Murrihy RC, Kidman AD, Ollendick TH, eds. Clinical Handbook of Assessing and Treating Conduct Problems in Youth. New York, NY: Springer; 2011:117–138.

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 Endocrinology.

Blog post
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Andrew E. Do Babies Feel Tickles In A Different Way To Adults? 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. Financial Audit: District of Columbia Highway Trust Fund’s Fiscal Year 1999 and 1998 Financial Statements. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 2000.

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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Mazyck BS. Leadership behavior and teacher attrition: A qualitative phenomenological inquiry of job satisfaction. 2012.

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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Landler M, Plumer B, Qiu L. A Long List of Economic Burdens, Bolstered by Dubious Data. New York Times. June 2, 2017:A1.

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 Endocrinology
AbbreviationMol. Endocrinol.
ISSN (print)0888-8809
ISSN (online)1944-9917
ScopeEndocrinology
Molecular Biology
General Medicine

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