How to format your references using the Aging Cell citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Aging Cell. 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
Belzig W (2015) QUANTUM SIMULATION. Josephson contacts of neutral strongly interacting fermions. Science 350, 1470.
A journal article with 2 authors
Lefèvre F & Forget F (2009) Observed variations of methane on Mars unexplained by known atmospheric chemistry and physics. Nature 460, 720–723.
A journal article with 3 authors
Sessa P, Meconi F & Han S (2014) Double dissociation of neural responses supporting perceptual and cognitive components of social cognition: evidence from processing of others’ pain. Sci. Rep. 4, 7424.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Krieger UK, Huthwelker T, Daniel C, Weers U, Peter T & Lanford WA (2002) Rutherford backscattering to study the near-surface region of volatile liquids and solids. Science 295, 1048–1050.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Choudhry M, Moskovic D, Wong M, Baig S, Liu Z, Lizzio M & Voicu A (2014) Fixed Income Markets, Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Hua G & Jégou H eds. (2016) Computer Vision – ECCV 2016 Workshops: Amsterdam, The Netherlands, October 8-10 and 15-16, 2016, Proceedings, Part III, Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Hanson GR, Noble CJ & Benson S (2009) Molecular Sophe: An Integrated Approach to the Structural Characterization of Metalloproteins: The Next Generation of Computer Simulation Software. In L. Berliner & G. Hanson, eds. High Resolution EPR: Applications to Metalloenzymes and Metals in Medicine. Biological Magnetic Resonance. New York, NY: Springer, pp.105–173.

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 Aging Cell.

Blog post
Hamilton K (2016) Achieving Universal Broadband: What The FCC Can And Cannot Do. IFLScience. Available at: [Accessed October 30, 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 (1992) Tax Systems Modernization: Input Processing Strategy is Risky and Lacks a Sound Analytical Basis, Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Kreisel M (2015) Gabor frames for quasicrystals and K-theory. Doctoral dissertation. College Park, MD: University of Maryland, College Park.

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
Weber B (2014) Manitas de Plata Is Dead at 93; Superstar of the Flamenco Guitar. New York Times, A20.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Belzig 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Belzig 2015; Lefèvre & Forget 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Lefèvre & Forget 2009)
  • Three or more authors: (Krieger et al. 2002)

About the journal

Full journal titleAging Cell
AbbreviationAging Cell
ISSN (print)1474-9718
ISSN (online)1474-9726
Cell Biology

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