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
Eisenstein M. Big data: The power of petabytes. Nature 2015; 527:S2-4.
A journal article with 2 authors
Lee J-Y, Jameson SC. Immunology. Remembering to be tolerant. Science 2012; 335:667–8.
A journal article with 3 authors
He X, Gao L, Ma N. One-step instant synthesis of protein-conjugated quantum dots at room temperature. Sci Rep 2013; 3:2825.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Hirschey MD, Shimazu T, Goetzman E, Jing E, Schwer B, Lombard DB, Grueter CA, Harris C, Biddinger S, Ilkayeva OR, et al. SIRT3 regulates mitochondrial fatty-acid oxidation by reversible enzyme deacetylation. Nature 2010; 464:121–5.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Balani K, Verma V, Agarwal A, Narayan R. Biosurfaces. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc; 2014.
An edited book
Geradts ZJMH, Franke KY, Veenman CJ, editors. Computational Forensics: Third International Workshop, IWCF 2009, The Hague, The Netherlands, August 13-14, 2009. Proceedings. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2009.
A chapter in an edited book
Nehring D, Alvarado E, Hendriks EC, Kerrigan D. Self-Help Entrepreneurs in China. In: Alvarado E, Hendriks EC, Kerrigan D, editors. Transnational Popular Psychology and the Global Self-Help Industry: The Politics of Contemporary Social Change. London: Palgrave Macmillan UK; 2016. page 54–74.

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
Davis J. Researchers Attempt To Develop A Vaccine For Alzheimer’s Disease [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. [Better Guidance Would Improve ADP Evaluations in Support of the Federal Managers’ Financial Integrity Act of 1982]. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1984.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Zuckerman T. The Effect of Communication Between Parents and their Emerging Adult Offspring on Depression and Career Search Self-efficacy. 2017;

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
St. John Kelly E. PLAYING IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD. New York Times1994; :139.

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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