How to format your references using the Molecular Simulation citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Molecular Simulation. 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
[1]
Emlen DJ. Costs and the diversification of exaggerated animal structures. Science. 2001;291:1534–1536.
A journal article with 2 authors
[1]
Birch HM, Clayton J. Cell biology: close-up on cell biology. Nature. 2007;446:937–940.
A journal article with 3 authors
[1]
Berg RW, Alaburda A, Hounsgaard J. Balanced inhibition and excitation drive spike activity in spinal half-centers. Science. 2007;315:390–393.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
[1]
Plummer KE, Bearhop S, Leech DI, et al. Winter food provisioning reduces future breeding performance in a wild bird. Sci. Rep. 2013;3:2002.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
[1]
Smeets R, der Sluis L van, Kapetanović M, et al. Switching in Electrical Transmission and Distribution Systems. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd; 2014.
An edited book
[1]
Sommer WH, Spanagel R, editors. Behavioral Neurobiology of Alcohol Addiction. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
[1]
Dilettoso E, Rizzo SA, Salerno N. SALHE-EA: A New Evolutionary Algorithm for Multi-Objective Optimization of Electromagnetic Devices. In: Wiak S, Krawczyk A, Dolezel I, editors. Intelligent Computer Techniques in Applied Electromagnetics. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2008. p. 37–45.

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 Simulation.

Blog post
[1]
Andrews R. Contraceptive Pill Appears To Significantly Increase The Risk Of Depression [Internet]. IFLScience. IFLScience; 2016 [cited 2018 Oct 30]. Available from: https://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/contraceptive-pill-appears-significantly-increase-risk-depression/.

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
[1]
Government Accountability Office. Telecommunications: The Effect of Competition From Satellite Providers on Cable Rates. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 2000. Report No.: RCED-00-164. .

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
[1]
Mc Adams AN. School psychologists’ perceptions of procedural fidelity in special education [Doctoral dissertation]. [Long Beach, CA]: California State University, Long Beach; 2012.

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
[1]
Nuila R. Medical Misfits. New York Times. 2017 May 26;SR1.

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 Simulation
AbbreviationMol. Simul.
ISSN (print)0892-7022
ISSN (online)1029-0435
ScopeGeneral Chemical Engineering
General Chemistry
Information Systems
General Materials Science
Modelling and Simulation
Condensed Matter Physics

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