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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Williams Q. Geophysics. Deep mantle matters. Science 2014;344(6186):800–801.
A journal article with 2 authors
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Klein G, Klein E. Bridge or ravine? Nature 2001;413(6854):365.
A journal article with 3 authors
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Sagy A, Reches Z, Fineberg J. Dynamic fracture by large extraterrestrial impacts as the origin of shatter cones. Nature 2002;418(6895):310–313.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
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Song X, Zhu C-H, Doan C, Xie T. Germline stem cells anchored by adherens junctions in the Drosophila ovary niches. Science 2002;296(5574):1855–1857.

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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Fabozzi FJ, Drake PP. Finance. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2009.
An edited book
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Conner WC, Fraissard J, eds. Fluid Transport in Nanoporous Materials. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands; 2006.
A chapter in an edited book
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Ferrari A. Motor Defects. In: Cioni G, ed. The Spastic Forms of Cerebral Palsy: A Guide to the Assessment of Adaptive Functions. Milano: Springer; 2010:53–71.

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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Andrews R. Herpes Virus Recruited To Fight Against Skin Cancer. IFLScience 2015. Available at: https://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/herpes-virus-recruited-fight-against-skin-cancer/. Accessed October 30, 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. DOE Loan Programs: DOE Has Made More Than $30 Billion in Loans and Guarantees and Needs to Fully Develop Its Loan Monitoring Function. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 2014.

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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Gurska DP. Peering Down the Bottomless Well: Myth in Thomas Mann’s Joseph Tetralogy. 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
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Greenhouse L. The Facts Win Out on Abortion. New York Times. June 27, 2016:A23.

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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