How to format your references using the Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology. 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
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Morris, J. W., Jr. Materials science. Stronger, tougher steels. Science 320, 1022–1023 (2008).
A journal article with 2 authors
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Liu, Z. & Herbert, T. D. High-latitude influence on the eastern equatorial Pacific climate in the early Pleistocene epoch. Nature 427, 720–723 (2004).
A journal article with 3 authors
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Fortes, A. D., Suard, E. & Knight, K. S. Negative linear compressibility and massive anisotropic thermal expansion in methanol monohydrate. Science 331, 742–746 (2011).
A journal article with 6 or more authors
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Pearcy, M., Aron, S., Doums, C. & Keller, L. Conditional use of sex and parthenogenesis for worker and queen production in ants. Science 306, 1780–1783 (2004).

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
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Zhao, G. Reuse and Recycling of Lithium-Ion Power Batteries. (John Wiley & Sons Singapore Pte. Ltd, 2017).
An edited book
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Pol, L. G. The Demography of Health and Healthcare: Third Edition. 13, (Springer Netherlands, 2013).
A chapter in an edited book
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Ho, A. M. & Espinosa, H. D. Scanning Probes for the Life Sciences. in Applied Scanning Probe Methods VIII: Scanning Probe Microscopy Techniques (eds. Bhushan, B., Fuchs, H. & Tomitori, M.) 183–217 (Springer, 2008).

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 Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology.

Blog post
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Luntz, S. Two Early Galaxies Grew Old Before Their Time. IFLScience (2014). Available at: https://www.iflscience.com/space/two-early-galaxies-grew-old-their-time/. (Accessed: 30th October 2018)

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
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Government Accountability Office. Polar Satellites: NOAA Faces Challenges and Uncertainties that Could Affect the Availability of Critical Weather Data. (U.S. Government Printing Office, 2016).

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
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Green, J. L. The leadership practices of executive women of local government. (University of Phoenix, 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
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Crow, K. A Shelter Gets a Cold Shoulder In a ‘Pastoral’ Residential Area. New York Times 144 (2001).

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 titleNature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology
AbbreviationNat. Rev. Mol. Cell Biol.
ISSN (print)1471-0072
ISSN (online)1471-0080
ScopeCell Biology
Molecular Biology

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