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]
Bürger G. Comment on “The spatial extent of 20th-century warmth in the context of the past 1200 years.” Science. 2007;316:1844; author reply 1844.
A journal article with 2 authors
[1]
Vanag VK, Epstein IR. Inwardly rotating spiral waves in a reaction-diffusion system. Science. 2001;294:835–837.
A journal article with 3 authors
[1]
Goebel T, Waters MR, Dikova M. The archaeology of Ushki Lake, Kamchatka, and the Pleistocene peopling of the Americas. Science. 2003;301:501–505.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
[1]
Gasser U, Weeks ER, Schofield A, et al. Real-space imaging of nucleation and growth in colloidal crystallization. Science. 2001;292:258–262.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
[1]
Equipment Testing Procedures Committee. Centrifugal Pumps (Newtonian Liquids). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2002.
An edited book
[1]
Hamilton D. Blackboards and Bootstraps: Revisioning Education and Schooling. Zufiaurre B, editor. Rotterdam: SensePublishers; 2014.
A chapter in an edited book
[1]
Namera A, Yashiki M. Pretreatments of human specimens. In: Watanabe K, editor. Drugs and Poisons in Humans: A Handbook of Practical Analysis. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2005. p. 25–31.

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]
Andrew E. Polar Invasion: How Plants And Animals Would Colonise An Ice-Free Antarctica. IFLScience. IFLScience; 2015.

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. SSI Disability Issues. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1995. Report No.: HEHS-95-154R. .

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
[1]
Vidal EM. Alcohol disorder with hip or knee surgery: Postoperative alcohol disorder-related costs and length of stay [Doctoral dissertation]. [Long Beach, CA]: California State University, Long Beach; 2014.

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]
Woolfe Z. Once Rebels, Now Institutions. New York Times. 2017 May 7;C5.

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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