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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Molecular Histology. 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
Chapman CR (2000) Meteorites. The long trip to Earth. Nature 407:573, 575–6
A journal article with 2 authors
Anikeeva P, Koppes RA (2015) BIOENGINEERING. Restoring the sense of touch. Science 350:274–275
A journal article with 3 authors
Okada Y, Higuchi H, Hirokawa N (2003) Processivity of the single-headed kinesin KIF1A through biased binding to tubulin. Nature 424:574–577
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Riedelsheimer C, Brotman Y, Méret M, et al (2013) The maize leaf lipidome shows multilevel genetic control and high predictive value for agronomic traits. Sci Rep 3:2479

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Giesbrecht FG, Gumpertz ML (2005) Planning, Construction, and Statistical Analysis of Comparative Experiments: Giesbrecht/Comparative Experiments. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Lupu M, Kanoulas E, Loizides F (eds) (2013) Multidisciplinary Information Retrieval: 6th Information Retrieval Facility Conference, IRFC 2013, Limassol, Cyprus, October 7-9, 2013. Proceedings. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Jurić-Lekić G, Himelreich M, Lekić M, et al (2013) Early Development of the Human Testis. In: Ježek D (ed) Atlas on the Human Testis: Normal Morphology and Pathology. Springer, London, pp 37–53

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 Histology.

Blog post
Hale T (2016) Here’s How To Beat The Queues At The Supermarket Checkout. In: IFLScience. Accessed 30 Oct 2018


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 (2004) Aviation Safety: Better Management Controls are Needed to Improve FAA’s Safety Enforcement and Compliance Efforts. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Holmgren JL (2013) Instructor responses to rhetorical dissent: Student perceptions of justice and classroom outcomes. Doctoral dissertation, 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
Haikalis G (2015) Don’t Rehab La Guardia Airport. Close It. New York Times A25

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Chapman 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Chapman 2000; Anikeeva and Koppes 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Anikeeva and Koppes 2015)
  • Three or more authors: (Riedelsheimer et al. 2013)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Molecular Histology
AbbreviationJ. Mol. Histol.
ISSN (print)1567-2379
ISSN (online)1567-2387
ScopeCell Biology
General Medicine

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