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
Kirkpatrick S. 2003. Computer science. Rough times ahead. Science. 299(5607):668–69
A journal article with 2 authors
Fedoroff N, Fontana W. 2002. Genetic networks. Small numbers of big molecules. Science. 297(5584):1129–31
A journal article with 3 authors
Roopnarine PD, Angielczyk KD, Hertog R. 2006. Comment on “Statistical independence of escalatory ecological trends in Phanerozoic marine invertebrates.” Science. 314(5801):925; author reply 925
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Lindell D, Jaffe JD, Johnson ZI, Church GM, Chisholm SW. 2005. Photosynthesis genes in marine viruses yield proteins during host infection. Nature. 438(7064):86–89

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bertein J-C, Ceschi R. 2013. Discrete Stochastic Processes and Optimal Filtering. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Mayer V. 2011. Distance Expanding Random Mappings, Thermodynamical Formalism, Gibbs Measures and Fractal Geometry, Vol. 2036. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer
A chapter in an edited book
Kyei PP. 2011. Energy Conservation in Aerobic Wastewater Treatment Units. In Implementing Environmental and Resource Management, eds. M Schmidt, V Onyango, D Palekhov, pp. 33–40. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer

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
Fang J. 2014. Human Quadrupeds Are Not Examples of Devolution. 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. 1997. Transportation Infrastructure: States’ Implementation of Transportation Management Systems. RCED-97-32, 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
Schwartz DA. 2017. Safe Travels? An Examination of the Search and Rescue Policies and Capabilities in the Northwest Passage Region. Doctoral dissertation thesis. California State University, Long Beach

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

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Kirkpatrick 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Fedoroff & Fontana 2002; Kirkpatrick 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Fedoroff & Fontana 2002)
  • Three or more authors: (Lindell 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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