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
Amelino-Camelia G. No theory is too special to question. Nature 2012; 483: 125.
A journal article with 2 authors
Karner DB, Muller RA. PALEOCLIMATE: A Causality Problem for Milankovitch. Science 2000; 288: 2143–2144.
A journal article with 3 authors
Kaiser SM, Malik HS, Emerman M. Restriction of an extinct retrovirus by the human TRIM5alpha antiviral protein. Science 2007; 316: 1756–1758.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Wang Y, Vera L, Fischer WH, Montminy M. The CREB coactivator CRTC2 links hepatic ER stress and fasting gluconeogenesis. Nature 2009; 460: 534–537.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Godula-Jopek A, Jehle W, Wellnitz J. Hydrogen Storage Technologies. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA: Weinheim, Germany, 2012.
An edited book
Godemann J, Michelsen G (eds.). Sustainability Communication: Interdisciplinary Perspectives and Theoretical Foundation. Springer Netherlands: Dordrecht, 2011.
A chapter in an edited book
Souza R, Cardozo E. A Resource-Oriented Architecture for the Internet of Things (IoT). In: Mahmood Z (ed). Connectivity Frameworks for Smart Devices: The Internet of Things from a Distributed Computing Perspective. Springer International Publishing: Cham, 2016, pp 99–116.

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. NASA Scientists Believe We Will Find Extraterrestrial Life Within The Next 20 Years. 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. Employment Security Operations--The Impact of a Computerized Job Bank in Baltimore, Maryland. U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 1972.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Liao X. Creative Learning for Intelligent Robots. 2006.

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
Kelly S. The Canadiens; and Soul Hockey No Politics on Ice Flyers a Different Breed. New York Times. 1978; : SportsS2.

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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