How to format your references using the Annual Review of Cell and Developmental Biology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Annual Review of Cell and Developmental Biology. 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
Oka T. 2015. Vibrational dynamics. Taming CH₅+, the “enfant terrible” of chemical structures. Science. 347(6228):1313–14
A journal article with 2 authors
Löytynoja A, Goldman N. 2009. Evolution. Uniting alignments and trees. Science. 324(5934):1528–29
A journal article with 3 authors
Sasaki T, Yamamoto Y, Koashi M. 2014. Practical quantum key distribution protocol without monitoring signal disturbance. Nature. 509(7501):475–78
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Piva PG, DiLabio GA, Pitters JL, Zikovsky J, Rezeq M, et al. 2005. Field regulation of single-molecule conductivity by a charged surface atom. Nature. 435(7042):658–61

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bunker G, Thomson D. 2006. Delivering Utility Computing. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
An edited book
France B, Compton V, eds. 2012. Bringing Communities Together: Connecting Learners with Scientists or Technologists. Rotterdam: SensePublishers
A chapter in an edited book
Capozziello S, Faraoni V. 2011. Weak-field limit. In Beyond Einstein Gravity: A Survey of Gravitational Theories for Cosmology and Astrophysics, ed. S Capozziello, pp. 165–208. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands

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 Annual Review of Cell and Developmental Biology.

Blog post
Davis J. 2016. Bees Found To Be Living Just Meters From The Top Of An Active Volcano. IFLScience.


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. 1992. Aviation Safety: Commuter Airline Safety Would Be Enhanced With Better FAA Oversight. T-RCED-92-40, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Creed CK. 2017. Identifying Controls on Patterns of Intermittent Streamflow in Three Streams of the American Southwest: A Geospatial Approach. Doctoral dissertation thesis. 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
Greenhouse L. 2007. For Justices, Another Day On Detainees. New York Times, Dec. 3, , p. A1

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Oka 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Löytynoja & Goldman 2009; Oka 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Löytynoja & Goldman 2009)
  • Three or more authors: (Piva et al. 2005)

About the journal

Full journal titleAnnual Review of Cell and Developmental Biology
AbbreviationAnnu. Rev. Cell Dev. Biol.
ISSN (print)1081-0706
ISSN (online)1530-8995
ScopeCell Biology
Developmental Biology

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