How to format your references using the Molecular Genetics and Metabolism citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Molecular Genetics and Metabolism. 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
K. Bourzac, Therapy: An immune one-two punch, Nature. 528 (2015) S134-6.
A journal article with 2 authors
S.C.B. Raper, R.J. Braithwaite, Low sea level rise projections from mountain glaciers and icecaps under global warming, Nature. 439 (2006) 311–313.
A journal article with 3 authors
F. Mohn, D. Handler, J. Brennecke, Noncoding RNA. piRNA-guided slicing specifies transcripts for Zucchini-dependent, phased piRNA biogenesis, Science. 348 (2015) 812–817.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
A. Kühnle, T.R. Linderoth, B. Hammer, F. Besenbacher, Chiral recognition in dimerization of adsorbed cysteine observed by scanning tunnelling microscopy, Nature. 415 (2002) 891–893.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
S.E. Lyshevski, Engineering and Scientific Computations Using MATLAB®, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2005.
An edited book
H. Xia, Y. Zhang, eds., The 2nd International Symposium on Rail Transit Comprehensive Development (ISRTCD) Proceedings, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2014.
A chapter in an edited book
H. Rydin, U. Gunnarsson, S. Sundberg, The Role of Sphagnum in Peatland Development and Persistence, in: R.K. Wieder, D.H. Vitt (Eds.), Boreal Peatland Ecosystems, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2006: pp. 47–65.

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 Genetics and Metabolism.

Blog post
E. Andrew, Watch: Sea Lion Drags Girl Into Water In Richmond, BC, IFLScience. (2017). (accessed October 30, 2018).


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
Government Accountability Office, Federal Communications Commission: International Settlement Rates, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1997.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
S.E. Hey, Olivier Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time”: A look at “The Abyss of the Birds” and socio-political issues, religion and performance practice in reference to the bible and the holocaust, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 2015.

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
J. Williams, One Book, One City, New York Times. (2017) C2.

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 Genetics and Metabolism
AbbreviationMol. Genet. Metab.
ISSN (print)1096-7192
Molecular Biology
Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

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