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
Gershon D (2003) Mass spectrometry goes mainstream. Nature 424:581
A journal article with 2 authors
Schindler CS, Jacobsen EN (2013) Chemistry. A new twist on cooperative catalysis. Science 340:1052–1053
A journal article with 3 authors
Tregenza T, Butlin RK, Wedell N (2000) Sexual conflict and speciation. Nature 407:149–150
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Seehawer M, Heinzmann F, D’Artista L, et al (2018) Author Correction: Necroptosis microenvironment directs lineage commitment in liver cancer. Nature

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Petrucelli JR, Peters JR (2016) Preventing Fraud and Mismanagement in Government. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Goldstein S, Naglieri JA (eds) (2013) Interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorders: Translating Science into Practice. Springer, New York, NY
A chapter in an edited book
Close J-P, de Groot E, Cluitmans P (2016) Event-Linked Communication. In: Close J-P (ed) AiREAS: Sustainocracy for a Healthy City: Phase 3: Civilian Participation – Including the Global Health Deal Proposition. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp 97–113

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
O`Callaghan J (2017) This Battery That Lasts 10 Years Could Revolutionize The Future Of Renewable Energy. In: IFLScience. Accessed 30 Oct 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 (1971) Need To Strengthen Management Control Over the Basic Research Program Administered by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. 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
Gowetski DB (2012) Manipulation of DNA topology using an artificial DNA-looping protein. Doctoral dissertation, University of Maryland, College Park

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
Koblin J, Grynbaum MM (2017) An Anchor Becomes the News. New York Times B1

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Gershon 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Gershon 2003; Schindler and Jacobsen 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Schindler and Jacobsen 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Seehawer et al. 2018)

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
Cell Biology

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