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
Rosenlof KH. Atmospheric science. How water enters the stratosphere. Science. 2003;302(5651):1691-1692.
A journal article with 2 authors
Codelli JA, Reisman SE. Chemistry. Pactamycin made easy. Science. 2013;340(6129):152-153.
A journal article with 3 authors
Oganov AR, Brodholt JP, Price GD. The elastic constants of MgSiO3 perovskite at pressures and temperatures of the Earth’s mantle. Nature. 2001;411(6840):934-937.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Kapitaniak M, Lazarek M, Nielaczny M, Czolczynski K, Perlikowski P, Kapitaniak T. Synchronization extends the life time of the desired behavior of globally coupled systems. Sci Rep. 2014;4:4391.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kerzner H. Project Management Case Studies. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2017.
An edited book
Croon JA. Matching Properties of Deep Sub-Micron MOS Transistors. Vol 851. (Sansen W, Maes HE, eds.). Boston, MA: Springer US; 2005.
A chapter in an edited book
Barrieu P, el Karoui N. Dynamic Financial Risk Management. In: Yor M, ed. Aspects of Mathematical Finance. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2008:23-35.

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
Luntz S. Scientists Find Vessels That Connect Immune System And Brain. 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. High-Speed Ground Transportation: Issues Affecting Development in the United States. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1993.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Payan Venegas R. Factors associated with the lack of a regular health care provider for Latinos: Consequences and reasons. 2012.

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
Gustines GG. The Illustrated Stories of Teenagers, Told With Humor and a Light Heart. New York Times. May 16, 2016:B6.

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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