How to format your references using the Cell and Tissue Banking citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Cell and Tissue Banking (Cell Tissue Bank). 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
Dance A (2015) Micromanagement with light. Nature 528:291–294
A journal article with 2 authors
Bull JJ, Parrish CR (2002) Microbiology. A binding contract for anthrax. Science 297:201–202
A journal article with 3 authors
Weng L, Menczer F, Ahn Y-Y (2013) Virality prediction and community structure in social networks. Sci Rep 3:2522
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Imaizumi T, Schultz TF, Harmon FG, et al (2005) FKF1 F-box protein mediates cyclic degradation of a repressor of CONSTANS in Arabidopsis. Science 309:293–297

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kazimierczuk M (2013) High-Frequency Magnetic Components. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK
An edited book
Bonazza R, Ranjan D (eds) (2015) 29th International Symposium on Shock Waves 1: Volume 1. Springer International Publishing, Cham
A chapter in an edited book
Baracca A, Franconi R (2016) The Decisive Leap in the 1980s: The Attainment of Cuba’s Scientific Autonomy. In: Franconi R (ed) Subalternity vs. Hegemony, Cuba’s Outstanding Achievements in Science and Biotechnology, 1959-2014. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp 55–73

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 and Tissue Banking.

Blog post
Andrew E (2015) Scientists Discover How To “Switch Off” Hunger. In: IFLScience. Accessed 30 Oct 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 (1995) Job Corps: High Costs and Mixed Results Raise Questions About Program’s Effectiveness. 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
Mickels BJ (2010) A phenomenological research study on the formation of global business teams. Doctoral dissertation, University of Phoenix

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
Erlanger S, Kanter J (2017) Austria’s Rightward Lurch Reflects Europe’s New Anti-Immigration Leanings. New York Times A5

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Ledford 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Urban 2008; Ravallion 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Bull and Parrish 2002)
  • Three or more authors: (Costa et al. 2001)

About the journal

Full journal titleCell and Tissue Banking
AbbreviationCell Tissue Bank.
ISSN (print)1389-9333
ISSN (online)1573-6814
ScopeCell Biology
Biomedical Engineering

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