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
Cyranoski D (2001) Referendum stalls Japanese nuclear power strategy. Nature 411, 729.
A journal article with 2 authors
Hébert SS & De Strooper B (2007) Molecular biology. miRNAs in neurodegeneration. Science 317, 1179–1180.
A journal article with 3 authors
Halpin A, Johnson PJM & Miller RJD (2014) Comment on “Engineering coherence among excited states in synthetic heterodimer systems.” Science 344, 1099.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Devarapalli RR, Debgupta J, Pillai VK & Shelke MV (2014) C@SiNW/TiO2 core-shell nanoarrays with sandwiched carbon passivation layer as high efficiency photoelectrode for water splitting. Sci. Rep. 4, 4897.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Fabozzi FJ & Kothari V (2008) Introduction to Securitization, Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Frank J ed. (2006) Electron Tomography: Methods for Three-Dimensional Visualization of Structures in the Cell Second Edition., New York, NY: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Reiter G (2011) Spreading of Liquids on Substrates. In L. F. M. da Silva, A. Öchsner, & R. D. Adams, eds. Handbook of Adhesion Technology. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, pp.93–103.

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
Evans K (2016) First Pan-African Elephant Census Reveals Dramatic Decline Due To Poaching. 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 (1995) Higher Education: Selected Information on Student Financial Aid Received by Legal Immigrants, 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
Wells JP (2010) A case study of educators’ perceptions of the effects of high -stakes testing and accountability policies on high- and low-poverty middle schools in a Maryland school district. Doctoral dissertation. Washington, DC: George Washington University.

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
Harris EA (2017) Accused of Sexual Abuse, Ousted And On to the Next Teaching Job. New York Times, A1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Cyranoski 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Cyranoski 2001; Hébert & De Strooper 2007).

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

  • Two authors: (Hébert & De Strooper 2007)
  • Three or more authors: (Devarapalli et al. 2014)

About the journal

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

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