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
Baker DN (2002) Space science. How to cope with space weather. Science 297:1486–1487
A journal article with 2 authors
Fuller MT, Spradling AC (2007) Male and female Drosophila germline stem cells: two versions of immortality. Science 316:402–404
A journal article with 3 authors
Pan X, Liu F, Zhang M (2012) Comment on “Productivity is a poor predictor of plant species richness.” Science 335:1441; author reply 1441
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Fiebig M, Lottermoser T, Fröhlich D, et al (2002) Observation of coupled magnetic and electric domains. Nature 419:818–820

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ketring KL, Glaze MB (2012) Atlas of Feline Ophthalmology. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., West Sussex, UK
An edited book
Even G, Rawitz D (eds) (2012) Design and Analysis of Algorithms: First Mediterranean Conference on Algorithms, MedAlg 2012, Kibbutz Ein Gedi, Israel, December 3-5, 2012. Proceedings. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Amir A, Aumann Y, Indyk P, et al (2007) Efficient Computations of ℓ1 and ℓ ∞ Rearrangement Distances. In: Ziviani N, Baeza-Yates R (eds) String Processing and Information Retrieval: 14th International Symposium, SPIRE 2007 Santiago, Chile, October 29-31, 2007 Proceedings. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 39–49

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
Luntz S (2016) Peeing While Swimming Is OK If You’re A Fish. 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 (1988) Civilian Agencies’ Management and Use of Aircraft. 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
McCallister K (2015) I Didn’t Mean to Show the Dirt. Doctoral dissertation, Southern Illinois University

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
Williams J (2016) Making, and Musing On, an Existential Classic. New York Times C22

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Baker 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Baker 2002; Fuller and Spradling 2007).

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

  • Two authors: (Fuller and Spradling 2007)
  • Three or more authors: (Fiebig et al. 2002)

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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