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
Braun J. Journal club. A geoscientist ponders possible links between erosion and Earth’s climate. Nature. 2010;466(7304):299.
A journal article with 2 authors
Iwasaki A, Medzhitov R. Regulation of adaptive immunity by the innate immune system. Science. 2010;327(5963):291-295.
A journal article with 3 authors
Du M, Wang Z, Hu H. Measuring memory with the order of fractional derivative. Sci Rep. 2013;3:3431.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Hudson EW, Lang KM, Madhavan V, et al. Interplay of magnetism and high-Tc superconductivity at individual Ni impurity atoms in Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+delta. Nature. 2001;411(6840):920-924.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Nakhjiri M, Nakhjiri M. AAA and Network Security for Mobile Access. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd; 2006.
An edited book
Satapathy SC, Bhatt YC, Joshi A, Mishra DK, eds. Proceedings of the International Congress on Information and Communication Technology: ICICT 2015, Volume 1. Vol 438. Singapore: Springer; 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
Eadie MJ, Vajda F. The Older Antiepileptic Drugs. In: Vajda F, ed. Antiepileptic Drugs and Pregnancy: A Guide for Prescribers. Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2016:27-66.

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 Recognition.

Blog post
Andrew D. Astronomers Have Filmed A Giant, Peanut-Shaped Asteroid Flying Through Space — And One Day It Just Might Hit Earth. 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. Federally Funded Research: Controlling Inappropriate Access to Research Results. 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
Ramberg KS. L’envers et l’endroit: The other side of the cloth. 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. Mets Catch a Break, Then Catch Fire, to Defeat the Braves on Opening Day. New York Times. April 3, 2017:B9.

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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