How to format your references using the Adipocyte citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Adipocyte. 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
Chakravarty S. Physics. From complexity to simplicity. Science 2008; 319:735–6.
A journal article with 2 authors
van der Zwaag D, Meijer EW. SELF-ORGANIZATION. Fueling connections between chemistry and biology. Science 2015; 349:1056–7.
A journal article with 3 authors
Inoue M, Tanimoto M, Oda Y. The role of ear stone size in hair cell acoustic sensory transduction. Sci Rep 2013; 3:2114.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Abanin DA, Morozov SV, Ponomarenko LA, Gorbachev RV, Mayorov AS, Katsnelson MI, Watanabe K, Taniguchi T, Novoselov KS, Levitov LS, et al. Giant nonlocality near the Dirac point in graphene. Science 2011; 332:328–30.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ray Chaudhuri N, Chaudhuri B, Majumder R, Yazdani A. Multi-Terminal Direct-Current Grids. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc; 2014.
An edited book
Lacroix C, Mendels P, Mila F, editors. Introduction to Frustrated Magnetism: Materials, Experiments, Theory. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2011.
A chapter in an edited book
Dixon JC. Aridic Soils, Patterned Ground, and Desert Pavements. In: Parsons AJ, Abrahams AD, editors. Geomorphology of Desert Environments. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands; 2009. page 101–22.

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 Adipocyte.

Blog post
Andrew D. People With ‘Obesity Gene’ Can Still Lose Weight [Internet]. IFLScience2016 [cited 2018 Oct 30]; Available from:


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. Status of the Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Modernization Program. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1985.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Salamah H. Potential barriers to seeking medical care: Does obesity and/or self-esteem result in decreased frequency of necessary medical office visits? 2012;

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
Hodara S. You Can Just Put That Cookie Cutter Away. New York Times2017; :RE8.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in superscript:

This sentence cites one reference 1.
This sentence cites two references 1,2.
This sentence cites four references 1–4.

About the journal

Full journal titleAdipocyte
ISSN (print)2162-3945
ISSN (online)2162-397X
ScopeCell Biology

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