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
Powell K 2004 Back to basics: from industry to academia. Nature 430 706–707.
A journal article with 2 authors
Harms MJ & Thornton JW 2014 Historical contingency and its biophysical basis in glucocorticoid receptor evolution. Nature 512 203–207.
A journal article with 3 authors
Yoshimura K, Onda Y & Fukushima T 2014 Sediment particle size and initial radiocesium accumulation in ponds following the Fukushima DNPP accident. Scientific Reports 4 4514.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Lee MG, Villa R, Trojer P, Norman J, Yan K-P, Reinberg D, Di Croce L & Shiekhattar R 2007 Demethylation of H3K27 regulates polycomb recruitment and H2A ubiquitination. Science (New York, N.Y.) 318 447–450.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Tapiero CS 2010 Risk Finance and Asset Pricing. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Mak G 2010 Spring Recipes. Berkeley, CA: Apress.
A chapter in an edited book
Frantz RP 2015 Pulmonary Hypertension in Chronic Heart and Lung Disease. In Diagnosis and Management of Pulmonary Hypertension, pp 93–113. Eds JR Klinger & RP Frantz. New York, NY: Springer.

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
Luntz S 2014 NASA’s Kepler Mission Announced 715 New Exoplanets. 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 1989 School Lunch Program: Buy American Procedures at Commodity Schools. 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
Garcia RI 2009 Variable selection for models with missing data. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina.

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 M 1992 THE 1992 CAMPAIGN: The Democrats; Clinton Accuses Bush of Dodging Responsibilities. New York Times A20.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Powell 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Powell 2004; Harms & Thornton 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Harms & Thornton 2014)
  • Three authors: (Yoshimura et al. 2014)
  • Four or more authors: (Lee et al. 2007)

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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