How to format your references using the Journal of Muscle Research and Cell Motility citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Muscle Research and Cell Motility. 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
Smaglik P (2004) State of the unions. Nature 428:965
A journal article with 2 authors
Knouse KA, Amon A (2015) Cell biology: the micronucleus gets its big break. Nature 522:162–163
A journal article with 3 authors
Ichimura T, Fujiwara K, Tanaka H (2014) Dual field effects in electrolyte-gated spinel ferrite: electrostatic carrier doping and redox reactions. Sci Rep 4:5818
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Cox PM, Harris PP, Huntingford C, et al (2008) Increasing risk of Amazonian drought due to decreasing aerosol pollution. Nature 453:212–215

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Center for Chemical Process Safety (2000) Guidelines for Process Safety in Outsourced Manufacturing Operations. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Emigh RJ (2016) Antecedents of Censuses from Medieval to Nation States: How Societies and States Count. Palgrave Macmillan US, New York, NY
A chapter in an edited book
Sultan T, Khedr AE, Ali MMR (2012) Multi-Criteria Business Intelligence Approach. In: Das VV, Ariwa E, Rahayu SB (eds) Signal Processing and Information Technology: First International Joint Conference, SPIT 2011 and IPC 2011, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, December 1-2, 2011, Revised Selected Papers. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 21–28

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 Muscle Research and Cell Motility.

Blog post
Hale T (2017) Some Whale Strandings Might Be Caused By Solar Storms. In: IFLScience. https://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/some-whale-strandings-might-be-caused-by-solar-storms/. Accessed 30 Oct 2018

Reports

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 (1972) Identification of NASA Research and Development Programs Subject to Benefit-Cost Analysis. 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
Coffman MW (2015) A National Study of the Relationship between Home Access to a Computer and Academic Performance Scores of Grade 12 U.S. Science Students: An Analysis of the 2009 NAEP Data. Doctoral dissertation, University of Louisiana

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
Billard M (2014) Walking in Paint-Spattered Footsteps. New York Times E6

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Smaglik 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Smaglik 2004; Knouse and Amon 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Knouse and Amon 2015)
  • Three or more authors: (Cox et al. 2008)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Muscle Research and Cell Motility
AbbreviationJ. Muscle Res. Cell Motil.
ISSN (print)0142-4319
ISSN (online)1573-2657
ScopeBiochemistry
Cell Biology
Physiology

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