How to format your references using the Journal of Molecular Recognition citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Molecular Recognition (JMR). 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
Javerzat J-P. Molecular biology. Directing the centromere guardian. Science. 2010;327(5962):150-151.
A journal article with 2 authors
Cheetham AK, Rao CNR. Materials science. There’s room in the middle. Science. 2007;318(5847):58-59.
A journal article with 3 authors
Rohde DLT, Olson S, Chang JT. Modelling the recent common ancestry of all living humans. Nature. 2004;431(7008):562-566.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Yoon JW, Choi Y, Hahn C, et al. Time-asymmetric loop around an exceptional point over the full optical communications band. Nature. 2018;562(7725):86-90.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Hooker J. Logic-Based Methods for Optimization. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2000.
An edited book
Pasterkamp RJ, Smidt MP, Burbach JPH, eds. Development and Engineering of Dopamine Neurons. Vol 651. New York, NY: Springer; 2009.
A chapter in an edited book
Jhanjee S, Pryde A. Generalized Sunder Inequality. In: Bhattacharyya T, Dritschel MA, eds. Operator Algebras and Mathematical Physics: 24th International Workshop in Operator Theory and Its Applications, Bangalore, December 2013. Operator Theory: Advances and Applications. Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2015:83-86.

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 Recognition.

Blog post
Andrew E. Why You Should Never Put A Goldfish In A Park Pond … Or Down The Toilet. IFLScience. Accessed October 30, 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. Commercial Space Launches: FAA Needs Continued Planning and Monitoring to Oversee the Safety of the Emerging Space Tourism Industry. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 2006.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Kalafut AJ. Proactive cyberfraud detection through infrastructure analysis. 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
Vecsey G. Success and Scandal Can Leave Everyone Weary. New York Times. May 29, 2011:SP7.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in superscript:

This sentence cites one reference 1.
This sentence cites two references 1,2.
This sentence cites four references 1–4.

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Molecular Recognition
AbbreviationJ. Mol. Recognit.
ISSN (print)0952-3499
ISSN (online)1099-1352
ScopeMolecular Biology
Structural Biology

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