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
Spence K. Ancient Egyptian chronology and the astronomical orientation of pyramids. Nature 2000; 408:320–4.
A journal article with 2 authors
Nicholls RJ, Cazenave A. Sea-level rise and its impact on coastal zones. Science 2010; 328:1517–20.
A journal article with 3 authors
Wahl ER, Ritson DM, Ammann CM. Comment on “Reconstructing past climate from noisy data.” Science 2006; 312:529; author reply 529.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Taylor RW, Benz F, Sigle DO, Bowman RW, Bao P, Roth JS, Heath GR, Evans SD, Baumberg JJ. Watching individual molecules flex within lipid membranes using SERS. Sci Rep 2014; 4:5940.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bagdonavičius V, Julius K, Nikulin MS. Non-parametric Tests for Complete Data. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc; 2011.
An edited book
Oberlack M, Peinke J, Talamelli A, Castillo L, Hölling M, editors. Progress in Turbulence and Wind Energy IV: Proceedings of the iTi Conference in Turbulence 2010. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2012.
A chapter in an edited book
Vollmer G. Between biology and philosophy: Our knowledge of the real world. In: Barth FG, Giampieri-Deutsch P, Klein H-D, editors. Sensory Perception: Mind and Matter. Vienna: Springer; 2012. page 75–88.

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
Hamilton K. How Animals Are Adapting To Cope With Their Noisiest Neighbours – Humans [Internet]. IFLScience2016 [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. Education and Employment Issue Area Plan--Fiscal Years 1995-96. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1995.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Rensing RI. Developing a notebook protocol for the high school chemistry classroom. 2012;

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
Hollander S. City College Senior Seeks Yet Another Record. New York Times2003; :D4.

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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