How to format your references using the Molecular Psychiatry citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Molecular Psychiatry. 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
McKee CF. Astronomy. Let there be dust. Science 2011; 333: 1227–1228.
A journal article with 2 authors
Livneh U, Zador A. Sensory systems: Sound processing takes motor control. Nature 2014; 513: 180–181.
A journal article with 3 authors
Newell RG, Pizer WA, Raimi D. Environmental economics. Carbon market lessons and global policy outlook. Science 2014; 343: 1316–1317.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Afyon S, Krumeich F, Mensing C, Borgschulte A, Nesper R. New high capacity cathode materials for rechargeable Li-ion batteries: vanadate-borate glasses. Sci Rep 2014; 4: 7113.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Talbot DB. Frequency Acquisition Techniques for Phase Locked Loops. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.: Hoboken, NJ, 2012.
An edited book
Nicassio PM (ed.). Psychosocial Factors in Arthritis: Perspectives on Adjustment and Management. 1st ed. 2016. Springer International Publishing: Cham, 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
Sheikh MA, Erlich Y. Base-Calling for Bioinformaticians. In: Rodríguez-Ezpeleta N, Hackenberg M, Aransay AM (eds). Bioinformatics for High Throughput Sequencing. Springer: New York, NY, 2012, pp 67–83.

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 Psychiatry.

Blog post
Andrew E. Iron Levels Could Help Predict Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease. IFLScience. 2015. (accessed 30 Oct2018).


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. Air Traffic Control: Status of FAA’s Modernization Program. U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 1998.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Frias-Martinez V. Behavior-based admission and access control for network security. 2008.

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
Crow K. Writers Are Halted Mid-Sentence as a Y Cancels Classes. New York Times. 2001; : 147.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in superscript:

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 Psychiatry
ISSN (online)1476-5578

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