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
Resch KJ (2008) Physics. Amplifying a tiny optical effect. Science 319, 733–734.
A journal article with 2 authors
Scott JD & Pawson T (2009) Cell signaling in space and time: where proteins come together and when they’re apart. Science 326, 1220–1224.
A journal article with 3 authors
Kobayashi S, Goto-Yamamoto N & Hirochika H (2004) Retrotransposon-induced mutations in grape skin color. Science 304, 982.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Katayama Y, Inamura Y, Mizutani T, Yamakata M, Utsumi W & Shimomura O (2004) Macroscopic separation of dense fluid phase and liquid phase of phosphorus. Science 306, 848–851.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Esmailzadeh R (2006) Broadband Wireless Communications Business, Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
McCluggage WG (2014) Cellular Pathology of Glandular Lesions and Uncommon Neoplasms of the Cervix J. Tidy & J. H. F. Smith, eds., London: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Penna A, Rota M, Galasco A & Mouyiannou A (2015) Towards the Use of Time-History Analysis for the Seismic Assessment of Masonry Structures. In I. N. Psycharis, S. J. Pantazopoulou, & M. Papadrakakis, eds. Seismic Assessment, Behavior and Retrofit of Heritage Buildings and Monuments. Computational Methods in Applied Sciences. Cham: Springer International Publishing, pp.83–111.

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
Fang J (2014) This Microbe’s Hair is Actually a Nanowire for Powering Itself. 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) Montana’s Medical Assistance Facilities, 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
Gross J (2010) High-performance dram system design constraints and considerations. 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
Shpigel B (2016) After Simmering and Stewing, Brady Returns to Roast the Browns. New York Times, D1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Resch 2008).
This sentence cites two references (Resch 2008; Scott & Pawson 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Scott & Pawson 2009)
  • Three or more authors: (Katayama et al. 2004)

About the journal

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

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