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
Kempton EMR (2014) Extrasolar planets: Window on a watery world. Nature 513, 493–494.
A journal article with 2 authors
Brown ME & Funk CC (2008) Climate. Food security under climate change. Science 319, 580–581.
A journal article with 3 authors
Munoz F, Couteron P & Hubbell SP (2012) Comment on “Global correlations in tropical tree species richness and abundance reject neutrality.” Science 336, 1639; author reply 1639.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Thewissen JGM, Cooper LN, Clementz MT, Bajpai S & Tiwari BN (2007) Whales originated from aquatic artiodactyls in the Eocene epoch of India. Nature 450, 1190–1194.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Nappi E & Peskov V (2013) Imaging Gaseous Detectors and Their Applications, Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
An edited book
Perenzoni M & Paul DJ eds. (2014) Physics and Applications of Terahertz Radiation, Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Blair JA (2012) Argument Management, Informal Logic and Critical Thinking. In C. W. Tindale, ed. Groundwork in the Theory of Argumentation: Selected Papers of J. Anthony Blair. Argumentation Library. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands, pp.39–50.

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
Carpineti A (2016) 2016 Is Going To Be One Second Longer. 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 (1977) Examination of Possible “Buy-In” by Garrett AiResearch, 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
Carey SA (2013) Assessing the presence of antibiotic-resistant Enterococcus in reclaimed water used for spray irrigation. 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
(nyt) SK (2005) World Briefing | Europe: Georgia: F.B.I Rules Premier’s Death Was Accidental. New York Times, A2.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Kempton 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Kempton 2014; Brown & Funk 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Brown & Funk 2008)
  • Three or more authors: (Thewissen et al. 2007)

About the journal

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

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