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
Robinson K (2006) Personal finance. Summer salary and other windfalls. Science 313:1455
A journal article with 2 authors
Long F, Shi H (2014) Simple and compact optode for real-time in-situ temperature detection in very small samples. Sci Rep 4:5009
A journal article with 3 authors
Nobes C, Lloyd A, Marsh M (2015) RETROSPECTIVE. Alan Hall (1952-2015). Science 350:1039
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Fukuda S, Toh H, Hase K, et al (2011) Bifidobacteria can protect from enteropathogenic infection through production of acetate. Nature 469:543–547

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Wuestenberg K (2012) Clinical Small Animal Care. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Ames, Iowa, USA
An edited book
Fahroo F, Wang LY, Yin G (eds) (2013) Recent Advances in Research on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Singer R, Zinser E (2010) Business Process Management — S-BPM a New Paradigm for Competitive Advantage? In: Buchwald H, Fleischmann A, Seese D, Stary C (eds) S-BPM ONE – Setting the Stage for Subject-Oriented Business Process Management: First International Workshop, Karlsruhe, Germany, October 22, 2009. Revised Selected Papers. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 48–70

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
Carpineti A (2017) Astronomers Discover Brightest and Furthest Pulsar Yet. 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 (1992) Aviation Research: FAA Could Enhance Its Program to Meet Current and Future Challenges. 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
Salters DD (2008) The effects of independent reading on the reading comprehension skills of sixth-grade students. Doctoral dissertation, University of Phoenix

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
Isherwood C (2016) Ah, Love, as Complicated as a Russian Novel. New York Times C1

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Robinson 2006).
This sentence cites two references (Robinson 2006; Long and Shi 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Long and Shi 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Fukuda et al. 2011)

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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