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
Cohen J. AIDS. No end in sight. Science 2015; 349:230–1.
A journal article with 2 authors
Junge W, Rutherford AW. Obituary: Horst Tobias Witt (1922-2007). Nature 2007; 448:425.
A journal article with 3 authors
Liu L, Spasojevic S, Gurnis M. Reconstructing Farallon plate subduction beneath North America back to the Late Cretaceous. Science 2008; 322:934–8.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Nam M-S, Mézière C, Batail P, Zorina L, Simonov S, Ardavan A. Superconducting fluctuations in organic molecular metals enhanced by Mott criticality. Sci Rep 2013; 3:3390.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Garber R. BIM Design. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd; 2014.
An edited book
Allan JD. Stream Ecology: Structure and function of running waters. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands; 2007.
A chapter in an edited book
DeFelipe J, Alonso-Nanclares L. The Synapse: Differences Between Men and Women. In: Pfaff DW, Christen Y, editors. Multiple Origins of Sex Differences in Brain: Neuroendocrine Functions and their Pathologies. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2013. page 43–57.

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
Carpineti A. Mysterious Substances Observed In Europa’s Cracks [Internet]. IFLScience2015 [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. Federal Research Grants: Compensation Paid to Graduate Students at the University of California. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1999.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Luo SX. Theoretical models of olfactory discrimination in Drosophila. 2009;

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. Treasury Hid A.I.G. Loss, Report Says. New York Times2010; :B1.

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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