How to format your references using the American Journal of Physiology - Cell Physiology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for American Journal of Physiology - Cell Physiology. 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
Smaglik P. Making the match. Nature 431: 1125, 2004.
A journal article with 2 authors
Balafoutas L, Sutter M. Affirmative action policies promote women and do not harm efficiency in the laboratory. Science 335: 579–582, 2012.
A journal article with 3 authors
Dietl GP, Herbert GS, Vermeij GJ. Reduced competition and altered feeding behavior among marine snails after a mass extinction. Science 306: 2229–2231, 2004.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Prainsack B, Reardon J, Hindmarsh R, Gottweis H, Naue U, Lunshof JE. Personal genomes: Misdirected precaution. Nature 456: 34–35, 2008.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Joyce PM, Lipton D. Lamentations Through the Centuries. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 2013.
An edited book
Kamihigashi T, Zhao L, editors. International Trade and Economic Dynamics: Essays in Memory of Koji Shimomura. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, 2009.
A chapter in an edited book
Truong T, Palmer M, Bansal N, Bhandari B. Size-Dependent Variations in Fatty Acid Composition and Lipid Content of Native Milk Fat Globules. In: Effect of Milk Fat Globule Size on the Physical Functionality of Dairy Products, edited by Palmer M, Bansal N, Bhandari B. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2016, p. 31–34.

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 American Journal of Physiology - Cell Physiology.

Blog post
Andrew D. From Neptune’s Blue Hue To Jupiter’s Red Spot: Are The Colours Of The Planets Real? [Online]. IFLScience IFLScience: 2016. [30 Oct. 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. Food Assistance: Processing of USDA Commodities Donated to the National School Lunch Program. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1991.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Warren SM. The leadership process: An analysis of follower influence on leader behavior in hospital organizations. Pepperdine University: 2015.

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
Schmidt MS, Haberman M. Letter By Trump On Comey Ouster Informs Inquiry. New York Times: A1, 2017.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (2).
This sentence cites two references (2, 4).
This sentence cites four references (2, 4, 6, 8).

About the journal

Full journal titleAmerican Journal of Physiology - Cell Physiology
AbbreviationAm. J. Physiol. Cell Physiol.
ISSN (print)0363-6143
ISSN (online)1522-1563
ScopeCell Biology

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