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
Schultz JC (2002) Biochemical ecology: how plants fight dirty. Nature 416:267
A journal article with 2 authors
Goff SA, Klee HJ (2006) Plant volatile compounds: sensory cues for health and nutritional value? Science 311:815–819
A journal article with 3 authors
Sweeney A, Jiggins C, Johnsen S (2003) Insect communication: Polarized light as a butterfly mating signal. Nature 423:31–32
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Ray PS, Jia J, Yao P, et al (2009) A stress-responsive RNA switch regulates VEGFA expression. Nature 457:915–919

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
O’Hara BT, Malisow B (2017) CCSP® (ISC) 2® Certified Cloud Security Professional Official Study Guide. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Turenne S (ed) (2015) Fair Reflection of Society in Judicial Systems - A Comparative Study. Springer International Publishing, Cham
A chapter in an edited book
Antoniou V, Morley J, Haklay M (muki) (2009) Tiled Vectors: A Method for Vector Transmission over the Web. In: Carswell JD, Fotheringham AS, McArdle G (eds) Web and Wireless Geographical Information Systems: 9th International Symposium, W2GIS 2009, Maynooth, Ireland, December 7-8, 2009. Proceedings. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 56–71

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
Andrew E (2015) Another Australian Animal Slips Away To Extinction. 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 (2013) GPS Disruptions: Efforts to Assess Risks to Critical Infrastructure and Coordinate Agency Actions Should Be Enhanced. 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
Wickramage AS (2013) Analysis of Magnaporthe oryzae homologs of Histoplasma capsulatum RYP genes. Doctoral dissertation, University of Arizona

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
David Kelly: David Kelly is an editor of The Book Review (1987) PUGILISTS’ PROGRESS. New York Times 78

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Schultz 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Schultz 2002; Goff and Klee 2006).

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

  • Two authors: (Goff and Klee 2006)
  • Three or more authors: (Ray 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

Other styles