How to format your references using the Molecular Pharmacology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Molecular Pharmacology. 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
McKay CP (2009) Planetary science. Biologically reversible exploration. Science 323:718.
A journal article with 2 authors
Sheffield MEJ, and Dombeck DA (2015) Calcium transient prevalence across the dendritic arbour predicts place field properties. Nature 517:200–204.
A journal article with 3 authors
Rosenthal Y, Linsley BK, and Oppo DW (2013) Pacific Ocean heat content during the past 10,000 years. Science 342:617–621.
A journal article with 99 or more authors
Newton PK, Mason J, Hurt B, Bethel K, Bazhenova L, Nieva J, and Kuhn P (2014) Entropy, complexity, and Markov diagrams for random walk cancer models. Sci Rep 4:7558.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Belfiore LA (2003) Transport Phenomena for Chemical Reactor Design, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Uden L, Heričko M, and Ting I-H (eds) (2015) Knowledge Management in Organizations: 10th International Conference, KMO 2015, Maribor, Slovenia, August 24-28, 2015, Proceedings, 1st ed. 2015, Springer International Publishing, Cham.
A chapter in an edited book
Choe EK, Jung J, Lee B, and Fisher K (2013) Nudging People Away from Privacy-Invasive Mobile Apps through Visual Framing, in Human-Computer Interaction – INTERACT 2013: 14th IFIP TC 13 International Conference, Cape Town, South Africa, September 2-6, 2013, Proceedings, Part III (Kotzé P, Marsden G, Lindgaard G, Wesson J, and Winckler M eds) pp 74–91, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.

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 Pharmacology.

Blog post
Andrews R (2017) Cancer-Killing CRISPR Viruses Destroy Their “Command Centers” From Within, IFLScience.

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 (1972) Opportunities for Improving Federally Assisted Manpower Programs Identified as a Result of Review in the Atlanta, Georgia, Area, 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
Pepper I (2010) On the Difference between Serialism and Seriality, Columbia University, New York, NY.

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
Vecsey G (2010) Petke Departs, Certain He Gave All That He Could.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (McKay, 2009).
This sentence cites two references (McKay, 2009; Sheffield and Dombeck, 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Sheffield and Dombeck, 2015)
  • Three or more authors: (Newton et al., 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleMolecular Pharmacology
AbbreviationMol. Pharmacol.
ISSN (print)0026-895X
ISSN (online)1521-0111
ScopeMolecular Medicine
Pharmacology

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