How to format your references using the Molecular Nutrition & Food Research citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Molecular Nutrition & Food Research. 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
Smith, J., A long shadow over Fukushima. Nature 2011, 472, 7.
A journal article with 2 authors
Cossart, P., Sansonetti, P.J., Bacterial invasion: the paradigms of enteroinvasive pathogens. Science 2004, 304, 242–248.
A journal article with 3 authors
Müller, H., Peters, A., Chu, S., A precision measurement of the gravitational redshift by the interference of matter waves. Nature 2010, 463, 926–929.
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Macchiarelli, R., Bondioli, L., Debénath, A., Mazurier, A., et al., How Neanderthal molar teeth grew. Nature 2006, 444, 748–751.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Hansen, S., Pedersen-Bjergaard, S., Rasmussen, K., Introduction to Pharmaceutical Chemical Analysis, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK 2011.
An edited book
Khan, M.A., Böer, B., Öztürk, M., Abdessalaam, T.Z.A., et al. (Eds.), Sabkha Ecosystems: Volume IV: Cash Crop Halophyte and Biodiversity Conservation, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht 2014.
A chapter in an edited book
Nuhoğlu Soysal, Y., Wong, S.-Y., Educating Future Citizens in Europe and Asia, in: Benavot, A., Braslavsky, C., Truong, N. (Eds.), School Knowledge in Comparative and Historical Perspective: Changing Curricula in Primary and Secondary Education, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht 2007, pp. 73–88.

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 Nutrition & Food Research.

Blog post
Andrew, E., Numbers On The Mind: How Maths Can Help Explain The Workings Of Our Brain. IFLScience 2015.


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, Aviation Security: Transportation Security Administration May Face Resource and Other Challenges in Developing a System to Screen All Cargo Transported on Passenger Aircraft, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 2008.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Magnus, J.V., Female Police Officers: The Influence of a Masculine Culture, Doctoral dissertation, Northcentral University, 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
Saslow, L., New Group Chooses Its First Battle, Asthma. New York Times 2008, LI5.

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 Nutrition & Food Research
AbbreviationMol. Nutr. Food Res.
ISSN (print)1613-4125
ISSN (online)1613-4133
ScopeFood Science

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