How to format your references using the Molecular Oncology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Molecular Oncology. 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
Russo E (2004) The changing length of PhDs Nature 431, 382–383.
A journal article with 2 authors
Gollub JP, and Cross MC (2000) Chaos in space and time Nature 404, 710–711.
A journal article with 3 authors
Maamar H, Raj A, and Dubnau D (2007) Noise in gene expression determines cell fate in Bacillus subtilis Science 317, 526–529.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Eisenbarth SC, Colegio OR, O’Connor W, Sutterwala FS, and Flavell RA (2008) Crucial role for the Nalp3 inflammasome in the immunostimulatory properties of aluminium adjuvants Nature 453, 1122–1126.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
D’Andrea A, and Sjogren J (2013) Veterinary Technician’s Large Animal Daily Reference Guide. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Jelasity M, and Kalyvianaki E (Eds.) (2016) Distributed Applications and Interoperable Systems: 16th IFIP WG 6.1 International Conference, DAIS 2016, Held as Part of the 11th International Federated Conference on Distributed Computing Techniques, DisCoTec 2016, Heraklion, Crete, Greece, June 6-9, 2016, Proceedings (Vol. 9687). Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Harvey M, and Crestani F (2014) 21st Century Search and Recommendation: Exploiting Personalisation and Social Media In G. Paltoglou, F. Loizides, and P. Hansen (Eds.), Professional Search in the Modern World: COST Action IC1002 on Multilingual and Multifaceted Interactive Information Access (pp. 70–95). Cham: Springer International Publishing.

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 Oncology.

Blog post
Andrew E (2015, February 9) Live Long, Die Green And Leave A Biodegradable Corpse. Retrieved October 30, 2018, from https://www.iflscience.com/environment/live-long-die-green-and-leave-biodegradable-corpse/

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
Government Accountability Office (2012) Payment to Counties: More Clarity Could Help Ensure County Expenditures Are Consistent with Key Parts of the Secure Rural Schools Act (No. GAO-12-775). Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Linsenmeyer JP (2017) A Nice Place to Live and Work: A Mixed-Methods Case Study of a Residential Life Living-Learning Community and Employment Model at a Top-Tier Midwestern University (Doctoral dissertation). Lindenwood University, St. Charles, MO.

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
Burghardt LF (2006, March 5) Odes to Suburbia New York Times, p. 14LI9.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Russo, 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Gollub and Cross, 2000; Russo, 2004).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Gollub and Cross, 2000)
  • Three or more authors: (Eisenbarth et al., 2008)

About the journal

Full journal titleMolecular Oncology
AbbreviationMol. Oncol.
ISSN (print)1574-7891
ISSN (online)1878-0261
ScopeCancer Research
Genetics
Molecular Medicine
General Medicine

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