How to format your references using the Molecular Microbiology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Molecular Microbiology. 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
Bignami, G.F. (2009) Astronomy. Celebrating the 400th anniversary of telescope astronomy. Science 324: 1149–1150.
A journal article with 2 authors
Rybczynski, N., and Reisz, R.R. (2001) Earliest evidence for efficient oral processing in a terrestrial herbivore. Nature 411: 684–687.
A journal article with 3 authors
Rhew, R.C., Miller, B.R., and Weiss, R.F. (2000) Natural methyl bromide and methyl chloride emissions from coastal salt marshes. Nature 403: 292–295.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Siveter, D.J., Sutton, M.D., Briggs, D.E.G., and Siveter, D.J. (2003) An ostracode crustacean with soft parts from the Lower Silurian. Science 302: 1749–1751.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Baker, H.K., and English, P. (2011) Capital Budgeting Valuation. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Saito, T., Yamashita, J., Oka, Y., and Ishiwatari, Y. (eds) (2011) Advances in Light Water Reactor Technologies. 1st ed., Springer, New York, NY.
A chapter in an edited book
Reskin, B.F. (2005) Including Mechanisms in our Models of Ascriptive Inequality. In Handbook of Employment Discrimination Research: Rights and Realities. Nielsen, L.B., and Nelson, R.L. (eds). Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht. pp. 75–97.

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 Molecular Microbiology.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015) What Is The Molecular Clock? 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 (1999) Year 2000 Computing Challenge: FAA Continues to Make Important Strides, But Vulnerabilities Remain. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Brown, C.E. (2013) Sources for the reevaluation of George Frederick Root’s career: The autobiography & a secular cantata. .

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
Jones, I.B. (1903) Article 8 -- No Title. New York Times The New York Times SATURDAY REVIEW OF BOOKS AND ARTBR10.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Bignami, 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Rybczynski and Reisz, 2001; Bignami, 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Rybczynski and Reisz, 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Siveter et al., 2003)

About the journal

Full journal titleMolecular Microbiology
AbbreviationMol. Microbiol.
ISSN (print)0950-382X
ISSN (online)1365-2958
ScopeMolecular Biology

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