How to format your references using the Journal of Morphology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Morphology. 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
Karp, P. D. (2001). Pathway databases: a case study in computational symbolic theories. Science (New York, N.Y.), 293, 2040–2044.
A journal article with 2 authors
Jacob, Z., & Shalaev, V. M. (2011). Physics. Plasmonics goes quantum. Science (New York, N.Y.), 334, 463–464.
A journal article with 3 authors
Freeman, C., Ostle, N., & Kang, H. (2001). An enzymic “latch” on a global carbon store. Nature, 409, 149.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Morris, R. M., Rappé, M. S., Connon, S. A., Vergin, K. L., Siebold, W. A., Carlson, C. A., & Giovannoni, S. J. (2002). SAR11 clade dominates ocean surface bacterioplankton communities. Nature, 420, 806–810.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Thiselton, A. C. (2010). 1 & 2 Thessalonians: Through the Centuries. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.
An edited book
Tatnall, A., Blyth, T., & Johnson, R. (Eds.). (2013). Making the History of Computing Relevant: IFIP WG 9.7 International Conference, HC 2013, London, UK, June 17-18, 2013, Revised Selected Papers (Vol. 416). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Rouche, N. (2011). Théorie de la stabilité dans les équations difféerentielles ordinaires. In L. Salvadori (Ed.), Stability Problems (pp. 112–194). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.

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 Morphology.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2014, September 6). Incredible Video Shows Volcanic Eruption in Papua New Guinea. Retrieved October 30, 2018, 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. (1990). Space Operations: NASA Is Not Archiving All Potentially Valuable Data (No. IMTEC-91-3). Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Herron, M. (2013). Prescripton labels: Do you know what medication you are taking? (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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
Poniewozik, J. (2016, September 15). Harshing the Mellow of Angsty Hipsters. New York Times, p. C9.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Karp, 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Jacob & Shalaev, 2011; Karp, 2001).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Jacob & Shalaev, 2011)
  • Three authors: (Freeman, Ostle, & Kang, 2001)
  • 6 or more authors: (Morris et al., 2002)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Morphology
AbbreviationJ. Morphol.
ISSN (print)0362-2525
ISSN (online)1097-4687
ScopeAnimal Science and Zoology
Developmental Biology

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