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
Maunz P 2011 Quantum physics: gentle measurement. Nature 475 180–181.
A journal article with 2 authors
Garcia V & Bibes M 2012 Electronics: inside story of ferroelectric memories. Nature 483 279–281.
A journal article with 3 authors
Morgan MG, Houghton A & Gibbons JH 2001 Science and government. Improving science and technology advice for Congress. Science (New York, N.Y.) 293 1999–2000.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Croll DA, Clark CW, Acevedo A, Tershy B, Flores S, Gedamke J & Urban J 2002 Only male fin whales sing loud songs. Nature 417 809.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Aldridge P & O’Dwyer L 2013 Practical Emergency and Critical Care Veterinary Nursing. West Sussex, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Carr BI 2016 Hepatocellular Carcinoma: Diagnosis and Treatment. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Miller T, Pedell S, Sterling L & Lu B 2011 Engaging Stakeholders with Agent-Oriented Requirements Modelling. In Agent-Oriented Software Engineering XI: 11th International Workshop, AOSE 2010, Toronto, Canada, May 10-11, 2010, Revised Selected Papers, pp 62–78. Eds D Weyns & M-P Gleizes. Berlin, Heidelberg: 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
Hale T 2016 Butterfly Numbers Saw Record Lows This Summer In The UK. 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 1993 HHS-Supported Research on Violence Prevention. 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
Aslanyan AL 2014 Psycho-educational group for family members of adults with a mental health diagnosis: A grant proposal. 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
Barron J 2016 Bar Cars Are Coming Back, but Don’t Expect a Seat. 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 (Maunz 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Maunz 2011; Garcia & Bibes 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Garcia & Bibes 2012)
  • Three authors: (Morgan et al. 2001)
  • Four or more authors: (Croll et al. 2002)

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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