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
Dushoff J 2004 Comment on ‘Metapopulation persistence with age-dependent disturbance or succession’. Science (New York, N.Y.) 304 684; author reply 684.
A journal article with 2 authors
Rodriguez A & Laio A 2014 Machine learning. Clustering by fast search and find of density peaks. Science (New York, N.Y.) 344 1492–1496.
A journal article with 3 authors
Catalli K, Shim S-H & Prakapenka V 2009 Thickness and Clapeyron slope of the post-perovskite boundary. Nature 462 782–785.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Amor R, Mahajan S, Amos WB & McConnell G 2014 Standing-wave-excited multiplanar fluorescence in a laser scanning microscope reveals 3D information on red blood cells. Scientific Reports 4 7359.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Holzer SM 2015 Statische Beurteilung Historischer Tragwerke. Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
An edited book
Cruz I, Decker S, Allemang D, Preist C, Schwabe D, Mika P, Uschold M & Aroyo LM 2006 The Semantic Web - ISWC 2006: 5th International Semantic Web Conference, ISWC 2006, Athens, GA, USA, November 5-9, 2006. Proceedings. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Ferrara A & Scarpone D 2014 The Special Regions and the Autonomous Provinces. In Italian Regionalism: Between Unitary Traditions and Federal Processes: Investigating Italy’s Form of State, pp 111–135. Ed S Mangiameli. Cham: Springer International Publishing.

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
Andrew E 2015 21 Critically Endangered Birds Discovered Stuffed Inside Bottles By Smugglers. 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 2003 Information Technology: Architecture Needed to Guide NASA’s Financial Management Modernization. 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
McCorvey ZJ 2013 Addressing disruptive behaviors in an After School Program classroom: The effects of the Daily Behavior Report Card. Long Beach, CA: California State University, Long Beach.

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
Poniewozik J 2016 In the Better of Two Hereafters, but Still Crabby About It. New York Times C6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Dushoff 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Dushoff 2004; Rodriguez & Laio 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Rodriguez & Laio 2014)
  • Three authors: (Catalli et al. 2009)
  • Four or more authors: (Amor et al. 2014)

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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