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
Padma TV (2014) Developing countries: The outcomes paradox. Nature 508:S14-5
A journal article with 2 authors
Kirz J, Miao J (2012) David Sayre (1924-2012). Nature 484:38
A journal article with 3 authors
Paraje G, Sadana R, Karam G (2005) Public health. Increasing international gaps in health-related publications. Science 308:959–960
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Truman JW, Hiruma K, Allee JP, et al (2006) Juvenile hormone is required to couple imaginal disc formation with nutrition in insects. Science 312:1385–1388

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Rachev ST, Kim YS, Bianchi ML, Fabozzi FJ (2011) Financial Models with Lévy Processes and Volatility Clustering. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Wu T-T, Ma C-C (eds) (2010) IUTAM Symposium on Recent Advances of Acoustic Waves in Solids: Proceedings of the IUTAM Symposium on Recent Advances of Acoustic Waves in Solids, Taipei, Taiwan, May 25-28, 2009. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht
A chapter in an edited book
Mah KK, Cheng HM (2015) Mechanics of Respiration. In: Cheng HM (ed) Learning and Teaching Tools for Basic and Clinical Respiratory Physiology. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp 53–63

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
Andrews R (2016) Mercury’s Dramatic Lava Flows Came From Extremely Rare Meteorites. 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 (1975) Federal Communications Commission’s Effort To Implement the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969. 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
Scaringe JG (2010) An investigation into the faculty development practices in chiropractic education programs. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach

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
Marchese J (2016) ‘I Just Love What I’m Doing.’ New York Times AR20

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Padma 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Kirz and Miao 2012; Padma 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Kirz and Miao 2012)
  • Three or more authors: (Truman et al. 2006)

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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