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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Cell and Tissue Research. 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
Zaanen J (2014) High-temperature superconductivity: electron mirages in an iron salt. Nature 515:205–206
A journal article with 2 authors
Bergmann O, Frisén J (2013) Neuroscience. Why adults need new brain cells. Science 340:695–696
A journal article with 3 authors
Elsaesser H, Sauer K, Brooks DG (2009) IL-21 is required to control chronic viral infection. Science 324:1569–1572
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Irwin DE, Bensch S, Irwin JH, Price TD (2005) Speciation by distance in a ring species. Science 307:414–416

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Good PI, Hardin JW (2012) Common Errors in Statistics (And How to Avoid Them). John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Bhattacharya R (2007) A Basic Course in Probability Theory. Springer, New York, NY
A chapter in an edited book
Jeffries N (2009) A Biography of a Stoneware Ginger Beer Bottle: The Biucchi Brothers and the Ticinese Community in Nineteenth-Century London. In: White C (ed) The Materiality of Individuality: Archaeological Studies of Individual Lives. Springer US, New York, NY, pp 57–74

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 Research.

Blog post
Andrew E (2015) Doctor Performs Head Transplants On Mice, Says Monkeys Are Next. 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 (2001) International Trade: Concerns Over Biotechnology Challenge U.S. Agricultural Exports. 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
Lazor DL (2010) “Festen”: A celebration (of the imagination!). Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach

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
Crow K (2003) Staying Focused On Diversity Goals In Harder Times. New York Times G2

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Zaanen 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Bergmann and Frisén 2013; Zaanen 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Bergmann and Frisén 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Irwin et al. 2005)

About the journal

Full journal titleCell and Tissue Research
AbbreviationCell Tissue Res.
ISSN (print)0302-766X
ISSN (online)1432-0878
ScopeCell Biology
Pathology and Forensic Medicine

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