How to format your references using the Cell Adhesion & Migration citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Cell Adhesion & Migration. 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
Garrett BC. Chemistry. Ions at the air/water interface. Science 2004; 303:1146–7.
A journal article with 2 authors
Sadler PM, Tai RH. Transitions. The two high-school pillars supporting college science. Science 2007; 317:457–8.
A journal article with 3 authors
Moeller S, Freiwald WA, Tsao DY. Patches with links: a unified system for processing faces in the macaque temporal lobe. Science 2008; 320:1355–9.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Liang Y, Yang J, Yuan X, Qiu W, Zhong Z, Yang J, Zhang W. Polytypism in superhard transition-metal triborides. Sci Rep 2014; 4:5063.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bojowald M. The Universe: A View from Classical and Quantum Gravity. Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA; 2012.
An edited book
Goldreich O, Rosenberg AL, Selman AL, editors. Theoretical Computer Science: Essays in Memory of Shimon Even. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2006.
A chapter in an edited book
Stemmer C, Adams NA. Supersonic and Hypersonic Boundary-Layer Flows. In: Deville M, Lê T-H, Sagaut P, editors. Turbulence and Interactions: Keynote Lectures of the TI 2006 Conference. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2009. page 77–91.

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 Cell Adhesion & Migration.

Blog post
Andrew E. Why are Parrots Such Good Copycats? [Internet]. IFLScience2015 [cited 2018 Oct 30]; Available from:


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. Information Technology: Agencies Need to Strengthen Oversight of Multibillion Dollar Investments in Operations and Maintenance. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 2013.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Quashie Z. Issues with Care Provided by Direct Care Workers: A Case Study. 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
Pipher M. Lighting a Spark On the High Plains. New York Times2013; :A27.

In-text citations

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

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 titleCell Adhesion & Migration
AbbreviationCell Adh. Migr.
ISSN (print)1933-6918
ISSN (online)1933-6926
ScopeCell Biology
Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

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