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
Poppy G 2015 Science must prepare for impact. Nature 526 7.
A journal article with 2 authors
Deuker MM & McMahon M 2014 Cancer biology: Enzyme meets a surprise target. Nature 510 225–226.
A journal article with 3 authors
Suzuki H, Imura J-I & Aihara K 2013 Chaotic Ising-like dynamics in traffic signals. Scientific Reports 3 1127.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Herd CDK, Blinova A, Simkus DN, Huang Y, Tarozo R, Alexander CMO, Gyngard F, Nittler LR, Cody GD, Fogel ML et al. 2011 Origin and evolution of prebiotic organic matter as inferred from the Tagish Lake meteorite. Science (New York, N.Y.) 332 1304–1307.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Gardi F, Benoist T, Darlay J, Estellon B & Megel R 2014 Mathematical Programming Solver Based on Local Search. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Lee T-K 2015 Fundamentals of Lead-Free Solder Interconnect Technology: From Microstructures to Reliability. Boston, MA: Springer US.
A chapter in an edited book
Kounine L 2016 Satanic Fury: Depictions of the Devil’s Rage in Nicolas Remy’s Daemonolatria. In Emotions in the History of Witchcraft, pp 57–76. Eds L Kounine & M Ostling. London: Palgrave Macmillan UK.

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 The Race Is Still On For A Reusable Rocket Despite The SpaceX Setback. 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 1990 B-2 Bomber: Initial Flight Tests. 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
Sahebjame M 2012 Marriage: An authentic Iranian experience of the modern. 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
Kelly C 2007 The Right Look Gives A Home a Second Act. New York Times WE6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Poppy 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Deuker & McMahon 2014; Poppy 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Deuker & McMahon 2014)
  • Three authors: (Suzuki et al. 2013)
  • Four or more authors: (Herd et al. 2011)

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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