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
Riley P (2009) Journal club. A molecular cardiologist looks into getting to the heart of his inner fish. Nature 460:1061
A journal article with 2 authors
Jennings MD, Pavitt GD (2010) eIF5 has GDI activity necessary for translational control by eIF2 phosphorylation. Nature 465:378–381
A journal article with 3 authors
Udem T, Holzwarth R, Hänsch TW (2002) Optical frequency metrology. Nature 416:233–237
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Sun L, Axhausen KW, Lee D-H, Cebrian M (2014) Efficient detection of contagious outbreaks in massive metropolitan encounter networks. Sci Rep 4:5099

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bonem JM (2011) Problem Solving for Process Operators and Specialists. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Delgado R (ed) (2009) Interventional Treatment of Advanced Ischemic Heart Disease. Springer, London
A chapter in an edited book
Sugiyama T, Neuhaus M, Owen N (2012) Active Transport, the Built Environment, and Human Health. In: Rassia ST, Pardalos PM (eds) Sustainable Environmental Design in Architecture: Impacts on Health. Springer, New York, NY, pp 43–65

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
Carpineti A (2017) Sensitive T-Rex Relative Might Have Evolved In A Different Way. 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 (2003) Business Modernization: Disciplined Processes Needed to Better Manage NASA’s Integrated Financial Management Program. 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
Watson AM (2009) A novel role for MUC7 mucin glycoprotein in the innate immunity and genetic propensity of asthma. Doctoral dissertation, George Washington University

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
Walsh MW (2010) Pension Fraud By New Jersey Cited by S.E.C. New York Times A1

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Riley 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Riley 2009; Jennings and Pavitt 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Jennings and Pavitt 2010)
  • Three or more authors: (Sun et al. 2014)

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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