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
Polishchuk LV. Ecology. Conservation priorities for Russian mammals. Science. 2002;297(5584):1123.
A journal article with 2 authors
Glass K, Girvan M. Annotation enrichment analysis: an alternative method for evaluating the functional properties of gene sets. Sci Rep. 2014;4:4191.
A journal article with 3 authors
Fromm M, Nedoluha G, Charvát Z. Comment on “Large volcanic aerosol load in the stratosphere linked to Asian monsoon transport.” Science. 2013;339(6120):647.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Caley T, Extier T, Collins JA, et al. A two-million-year-long hydroclimatic context for hominin evolution in southeastern Africa. Nature. 2018;560(7716):76-79.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Yu J. Way of the Trade. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2013.
An edited book
Anagnostopoulos G, Miller FD Jr, eds. Reason and Analysis in Ancient Greek Philosophy: Essays in Honor of David Keyt. Vol 120. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands; 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
Hüschelrath K, Schweitzer H. The Role of Fines in the Public Enforcement of Competition Law. In: Hüschelrath K, Schweitzer H, eds. Public and Private Enforcement of Competition Law in Europe: Legal and Economic Perspectives. ZEW Economic Studies. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2014:53-61.

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. Sri Lanka Becomes First Nation To Protect All Of Its Mangrove Forests. 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. Airport Improvement Program: Reliever Airport Set-Aside Funds Could Be Redirected. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1994.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Dylla AG. Synthesis, characterization and catalytic studies of bimetallic nanoparticles. 2009.

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
Sisario B. Bob Krasnow, 82, Executive Who Revived Elektra Records. New York Times. December 14, 2016:A30.

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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