How to format your references using the Cancer Letters citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Cancer Letters. 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
R. Triendl, Limited opportunity, Nature. 414 (2001) 8.
A journal article with 2 authors
M.E. Pritchard, M. Simons, A satellite geodetic survey of large-scale deformation of volcanic centres in the central Andes, Nature. 418 (2002) 167–171.
A journal article with 3 authors
J.D. Hartgerink, E. Beniash, S.I. Stupp, Self-assembly and mineralization of peptide-amphiphile nanofibers, Science. 294 (2001) 1684–1688.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
G. Khare, P.V. Reddy, P. Sidhwani, A.K. Tyagi, KefB inhibits phagosomal acidification but its role is unrelated to M. tuberculosis survival in host, Sci. Rep. 3 (2013) 3527.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
J.-P. Ollivier, J.-M. Torrenti, M. Carcassès, Physical Properties of Concrete and Concrete Constituents, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2012.
An edited book
A.A.M. Wilde, J.P. van Tintelen, eds., Founder mutations in inherited cardiac diseases in the Netherlands, Bohn Stafleu van Loghum, Houten, 2014.
A chapter in an edited book
J.G. Backhaus, The Word of Honour, in: J.G. Backhaus, W. Drechsler (Eds.), Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900): Economy and Society, Springer US, Boston, MA, 2006: pp. 87–109.

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 Letters.

Blog post
K. Hamilton, We Know Why Bacteria Become Resistant To Antibiotics, But How Does This Actually Happen?, IFLScience. (2016). (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, Federal Family Education Loan Program: Increased Department of Education Oversight of Lender and School Activities Needed to Help Ensure Program Compliance, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2007.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
G.A. Borgman, Loneliness and the Hermitic Psyche, Doctoral dissertation, Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2017.

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
M. Forsythe, A. Stevenson, Chief of Chinese Firm Is Detained, New York Times. (2017) B1.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [1].
This sentence cites two references [1,2].
This sentence cites four references [1–4].

About the journal

Full journal titleCancer Letters
AbbreviationCancer Lett.
ISSN (print)0304-3835
ScopeCancer Research

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