How to format your references using the Molecular Therapy - Oncolytics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Molecular Therapy - Oncolytics. 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
Bender ML. OCEANOGRAPHY: Tracer from the Sky. Science 2000;288:1977–8.
A journal article with 2 authors
Kurzban R, Barrett HC. Behavior. Origins of cumulative culture. Science 2012;335:1056–7.
A journal article with 3 authors
Santer BD, Wigley TML, Taylor KE. The reproducibility of observational estimates of surface and atmospheric temperature change. Science 2011;334:1232–3.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Hong DS, Chen YS, Li Y, Yang HW, Wei LL, Shen BG, et al. Evolution of conduction channel and its effect on resistance switching for Au-WO₃-x-Au devices. Sci Rep 2014;4:4058.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Li C, Lin J. Microwave Noncontact Motion Sensing and Analysis. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2013.
An edited book
Jacobson S. Neuroanatomy for the Neuroscientist. Boston, MA: Springer US; 2008.
A chapter in an edited book
Tonnara P. Risk Assessment. In: Siclari D, editor. The New Anti-Money Laundering Law: First Perspectives on the 4th European Union Directive, Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2016, p. 57–66.

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 Therapy - Oncolytics.

Blog post
Andrew E. How The Power To Control Objects With Our Minds Stopped Being Science Fiction. IFLScience 2016. (accessed October 30, 2018).


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. Federal Catalog Program: Progress and Problems in Attaining a Uniform Identification System for Supplies. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1973.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Chatterjee K. A probabilistic mechanistic approach for assessing the rupture frequency of small modular reactor steam generator tubes using uncertain inputs from in-service inspections. Doctoral dissertation. University of Maryland, College Park, 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
Feeney K. QUICK BITE: Cranford; Cranford Didn’t Get the Olympics, Either. New York Times 2005:14NJ13.

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 Therapy - Oncolytics
ISSN (print)2372-7705

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