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
Parkes RJ (2000) A case of bacterial immortality? Nature 407:844–845
A journal article with 2 authors
Bieging KT, Attardi LD (2015) Cancer: A piece of the p53 puzzle. Nature 520:37–38
A journal article with 3 authors
Oliveira G de A, Lieberman J, Barillas-Mury C (2012) Epithelial nitration by a peroxidase/NOX5 system mediates mosquito antiplasmodial immunity. Science 335:856–859
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Lainey V, Arlot J-E, Karatekin O, Van Hoolst T (2009) Strong tidal dissipation in Io and Jupiter from astrometric observations. Nature 459:957–959

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
da Silva LS, Simões R, Gervásio H, Couchman G (2015) Design of Steel Structures. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany
An edited book
Pedersen TB, Mohania MK, Tjoa AM (eds) (2009) Data Warehousing and Knowledge Discovery: 11th International Conference, DaWaK 2009 Linz, Austria, August 31–September 2, 2009 Proceedings. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Zhan L, Nie Z, Ye J, et al (2014) Multiple Stages Classification of Alzheimer’s Disease Based on Structural Brain Networks Using Generalized Low Rank Approximations (GLRAM). In: O’Donnell L, Nedjati-Gilani G, Rathi Y, et al. (eds) Computational Diffusion MRI: MICCAI Workshop, Boston, MA, USA, September 2014. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp 35–44

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
Davis J (2017) Mothers Predominately Cradling Infants On Their Left May Have A Deep Evolutionary Origin. 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 (1987) Space Station: National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s 1987 Cost Estimate. 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
Frederiksen MD (2013) Engaging physicians to support corporate compliance programs: A grounded theory study. 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
McKINLEY JC Jr, Alani H (2017) Man Who Pushed Passenger Who Died on Subway Tracks Is Acquitted. New York Times A19

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Parkes 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Parkes 2000; Bieging and Attardi 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Bieging and Attardi 2015)
  • Three or more authors: (Lainey et al. 2009)

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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