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
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Kirchhoff F (2010) Neuroscience. Questionable calcium. Science 327:1212–1213
A journal article with 2 authors
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Li H-B, Henning T (2011) The alignment of molecular cloud magnetic fields with the spiral arms in M33. Nature 479:499–501
A journal article with 3 authors
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Rokas A, Krüger D, Carroll SB (2005) Animal evolution and the molecular signature of radiations compressed in time. Science 310:1933–1938
A journal article with 5 or more authors
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Du Y, Xin L, Shi Y, et al (2018) Genome-wide identification of interferon-sensitive mutations enables influenza vaccine design. Science 359:290–296

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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Lyshevski SE (2005) Engineering and Scientific Computations Using MATLAB®. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
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Schlatter P, Henningson DS (2010) Seventh IUTAM Symposium on Laminar-Turbulent Transition: Proceedings of the Seventh IUTAM Symposium on Laminar-Turbulent Transition, Stockholm, Sweden, 2009. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht
A chapter in an edited book
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Haltinner K (2016) Gender Bending in the Classroom: Teaching Gender Inequity Without Reifying Gender Essentialism and Heteronormativity. In: Haltinner K, Pilgeram R (eds) Teaching Gender and Sex in Contemporary America. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp 45–51

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
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Andrew D (2016) Drugs Fatalities Overtake Car Fatalities For The First Time. 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 (1972) Follow-up Review on Assistance to War Victims in Vietnam. 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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Wylie RW (2017) Response to Intervention: A Study of Intervention Programs in Rural Secondary Schools. Doctoral dissertation, Lindenwood 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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Van Gelder SKC by L (2005) Arts, Briefly; Coppola and Putin Meet. New York Times E2

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

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