How to format your references using the Journal of Molecular Endocrinology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Molecular Endocrinology. 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
Bernstein A 2013 Collaboration: Link the world’s best investigators. Nature 496 27.
A journal article with 2 authors
Kinbara K & Aida T 2006 Chemistry. From electron pump to proton channel. Science (New York, N.Y.) 313 51–52.
A journal article with 3 authors
Griffin DM, Hoffman DS & Strick PL 2015 Corticomotoneuronal cells are ‘functionally tuned’. Science (New York, N.Y.) 350 667–670.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Matsumoto A, Odani T, Sada K, Miyata M & Tashiro K 2000 Intercalation of alkylamines into an organic polymer crystal. Nature 405 328–330.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Nedoma J, Stehlík J, Hlaváček I, Daněk J, Dostálová T & Přečková P 2011 Mathematical and Computational Methods in Biomechanics of Human Skeletal Systems. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Krishnan JM, Deshpande AP & Kumar PBS 2010 Rheology of Complex Fluids. New York, NY: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Tirri K & Nokelainen P 2011 Ethical Sensitivity Scale. In Measuring Multiple Intelligences and Moral Sensitivities in Education, pp 59–75. Eds K Tirri & P Nokelainen. Rotterdam: SensePublishers.

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 Journal of Molecular Endocrinology.

Blog post
Carpineti A 2016 Moon’s Crater Tell Us How Dangerous The Early Solar System Was. In IFLScience. IFLScience.


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 1973 Training and Education Programs for Civilian Employees in the Federal Government. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Swift I 2011 The Perceived Effect of Hidden Costs on the Operational Management of Information Technology Outsourcing: A Qualitative Study. Phoenix, AZ: University of Phoenix.

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
Gorman J 2017 Dance Moves Only for Males. New York Times D5.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Wade 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Diamond 2002; Raymond 2002).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Kinbara & Aida 2006)
  • Three authors: (Griffin et al. 2015)
  • Four or more authors: (Murakami et al. 2004)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Molecular Endocrinology
AbbreviationJ. Mol. Endocrinol.
ISSN (print)0952-5041
ISSN (online)1479-6813
Molecular Biology

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