How to format your references using the Journal of Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
Catterall WA: Physiology. A one-domain voltage-gated sodium channel in bacteria. Science 2001;294:2306–2308.
A journal article with 2 authors
Bradbury A, Plückthun A: Reproducibility: Standardize antibodies used in research. Nature 2015;518:27–29.
A journal article with 3 authors
Yao M-C, Fuller P, Xi X: Programmed DNA deletion as an RNA-guided system of genome defense. Science 2003;300:1581–1584.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Fong Y, Bender L, Wang W, Strome S: Regulation of the different chromatin states of autosomes and X chromosomes in the germ line of C. elegans. Science 2002;296:2235–2238.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Gaffney S, Francis C: Honesty Sells, Hoboken, NJ, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2009.
An edited book
Askoxylakis I, Ioannidis S, Katsikas S, Meadows C, editors: Computer Security – ESORICS 2016: 21st European Symposium on Research in Computer Security, Heraklion, Greece, September 26-30, 2016, Proceedings, Part I, Cham, Springer International Publishing, 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
Nevile JW: Policies to Minimise the Costs of Unemployment; in Harcourt GC, Kriesler P, Nevile JW (eds): Post-Keynesian Essays from Down Under Volume III: Essays on Ethics, Social Justice and Economics: Theory and Policy in an Historical Context. London, Palgrave Macmillan UK, 2016, pp 45–66.

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 Microbiology and Biotechnology.

Blog post
Andrew E: Kepler Team Announces Discovery of Earth-Sized Planet in Habitable Zone [Internet]. IFLScience 2014 [cited 2018 Oct 30];Available from:


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: Financial Markets: Preliminary Observations on the October 1987 Crash, Washington, DC, U.S. Government Printing Office, 1988.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Porter SM: Orthographic influence on the perception and production of Spanish loans in English 2010;

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
Wagner J: Cubs Slugger Admits He May Cry Over His Unlikely Return to Action. New York Times 2016;B10.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology
AbbreviationJ. Mol. Microbiol. Biotechnol.
ISSN (print)1464-1801
ISSN (online)1660-2412
Molecular Biology
Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

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