How to format your references using the Molecular Neurobiology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Molecular Neurobiology. 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
1.
Casassus B (2000) MAD COW DISEASE: New Recruits for French Prion Research. Science 290:1671a
A journal article with 2 authors
1.
Bourc’his D, Voinnet O (2010) A small-RNA perspective on gametogenesis, fertilization, and early zygotic development. Science 330:617–622
A journal article with 3 authors
1.
Mo Y, Turner KT, Szlufarska I (2009) Friction laws at the nanoscale. Nature 457:1116–1119
A journal article with 5 or more authors
1.
Baby S, Johnson AJ, Govindan B, et al (2013) UV induced visual cues in grasses. Sci Rep 3:2738

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1.
Wildi O (2010) Data Analysis in Vegetation Ecology. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK
An edited book
1.
Torre Toledano D, Ortega Giménez A, Teixeira A, et al (2012) Advances in Speech and Language Technologies for Iberian Languages: IberSPEECH 2012 Conference, Madrid, Spain, November 21-23, 2012. Proceedings. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
1.
Zhang X, Dong H, Tian Y (2015) miRNA Electrochemical Detection. In: Dong H, Tian Y (eds) MicroRNA Detection and Pathological Functions. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 37–56

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 Neurobiology.

Blog post
1.
Davis J (2017) Ebola Outbreak Has Been Confirmed In The Democratic Republic Of Congo. In: IFLScience. https://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/ebola-outbreak-has-been-confirmed-in-the-democratic-republic-of-congo/. 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
1.
Government Accountability Office (1990) Technology Development: Future Use of NASA’s Large Format Camera Is Uncertain. 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
1.
Igbojekwe SC (2014) Development of Environmental Friendly Cement for Oil and Gas Well Application. Doctoral dissertation, University of Louisiana

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.
Brantley B (2017) John Leguizamo in Nutty Professor Mode. New York Times C5

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 Neurobiology
AbbreviationMol. Neurobiol.
ISSN (print)0893-7648
ISSN (online)1559-1182
ScopeCellular and Molecular Neuroscience

Other styles