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
Boehncke W-H (2012) Perspective: Don’t be superficial. Nature 492, S55.
A journal article with 2 authors
Zhang X & Zhao M (2014) Strain-induced phase transition and electron spin-polarization in graphene spirals. Sci. Rep. 4, 5699.
A journal article with 3 authors
Aylward RB, Sutter RW & Heymann DL (2005) Policy. OPV cessation--the final step to a “polio-free” world. Science 310, 625–626.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Bhanu U, Islam MR, Tetard L & Khondaker SI (2014) Photoluminescence quenching in gold - MoS2 hybrid nanoflakes. Sci. Rep. 4, 5575.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ma AD, Roberts HR & Escobar MA (2012) Hemophilia and Hemostasis, Oxford: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Secchi D & Neumann M eds. (2016) Agent-Based Simulation of Organizational Behavior: New Frontiers of Social Science Research 1st ed. 2016., Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Bravo C, Sánchez N, García N & Menéndez JM (2013) Outdoor Vacant Parking Space Detector for Improving Mobility in Smart Cities. In L. Correia, L. P. Reis, & J. Cascalho, eds. Progress in Artificial Intelligence: 16th Portuguese Conference on Artificial Intelligence, EPIA 2013, Angra do Heroísmo, Azores, Portugal, September 9-12, 2013. Proceedings. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, pp.30–41.

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
Andrew E (2015) Africa Is Within Reach Of Being Declared A Polio Free Region. 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 (2009) High Speed Passenger Rail: Developing Viable High Speed Rail Projects under the Recovery Act and Beyond, 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
Deshotel MW (2017) Enhancing Undergraduate Water Resources Engineering Education Using Data and Modeling Resources Situated in Real-world Ecosystems: Design Principles and Challenges for Scaling and Sustainability. Doctoral dissertation. Lafayette, LA: University of Louisiana.

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
Sisario B (2016) Pandora Seeks a Way Out of the Internet Radio Doldrums. Cue Questlove. New York Times, B6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Boehncke 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Boehncke 2012; Zhang & Zhao 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Zhang & Zhao 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Bhanu 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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