How to format your references using the Cancer Cell citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Cancer 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
Goldemberg, J. (2007). Ethanol for a sustainable energy future. Science 315, 808–810.
A journal article with 2 authors
Lucas, D., and Frenette, P.S. (2014). Stem cells: Reprogramming finds its niche. Nature 511, 301–302.
A journal article with 3 authors
Mertens, K., Putkaradze, V., and Vorobieff, P. (2004). Braiding patterns on an inclined plane. Nature 430, 165.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Isberg, J., Hammersberg, J., Johansson, E., Wikström, T., Twitchen, D.J., Whitehead, A.J., Coe, S.E., and Scarsbrook, G.A. (2002). High carrier mobility in single-crystal plasma-deposited diamond. Science 297, 1670–1672.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Saint-Dizier, P. (2014). Musical Rhetoric (Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.).
An edited book
(2011). Agile Processes in Software Engineering and Extreme Programming: 12th International Conference, XP 2011, Madrid, Spain, May 10-13, 2011. Proceedings (Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer).
A chapter in an edited book
Kerenidis, I., Laurière, M., and Xiao, D. (2014). New Lower Bounds for Privacy in Communication Protocols. In Information Theoretic Security: 7th International Conference, ICITS 2013, Singapore, November 28-30, 2013, Proceedings, C. Padró, ed. (Cham: Springer International Publishing), pp. 69–89.

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 Cancer Cell.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2014). New Antibiotic-Free Treatment Could Tackle Drug-Resistant Bacteria (IFLScience).

Reports

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 (2014). Information Management: The National Technical Information Service’s Dissemination of Technical Reports Needs Attention (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
Chellamuthu, V.K. (2015). Structured Population Models: Numerical Methods and Application to Frogs Infected with Chytridiomycosis. Doctoral dissertation. 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
Poniewozik, J. (2016). High-Tech Hospital, Same Old Story. New York Times C6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Goldemberg, 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Goldemberg, 2007; Lucas and Frenette, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Lucas and Frenette, 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Isberg et al., 2002)

About the journal

Full journal titleCancer Cell
AbbreviationCancer Cell
ISSN (print)1535-6108
ISSN (online)1878-3686
ScopeCancer Research
Cell Biology
Oncology

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