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
Hoag H (2003) Chemists’ salaries turn south. Nature 422:650
A journal article with 2 authors
Seitz AR, Watanabe T (2003) Psychophysics: Is subliminal learning really passive? Nature 422:36
A journal article with 3 authors
Santos MD, Dorogovtsev SN, Mendes JFF (2014) Biased imitation in coupled evolutionary games in interdependent networks. Sci Rep 4:4436
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Li S, Luo J, Anwar S, et al (2014) An equivalent realization of coherent perfect absorption under single beam illumination. Sci Rep 4:7369

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Benitez M, Davidson J, Flaxman L (2009) Small Schools, Big Ideas. Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, CA, USA
An edited book
Bellout H (2014) Incompressible Bipolar and Non-Newtonian Viscous Fluid Flow. Springer International Publishing, Cham
A chapter in an edited book
Yongsunthon R, Tao C, Rous P, Williams ED (2011) Surface Electromigration and Current Crowding. In: Michailov M (ed) Nanophenomena at Surfaces: Fundamentals of Exotic Condensed Matter Properties. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 113–143

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) Antibiotic Overuse Might Be Why So Many People Have Allergies. 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 (2006) Telecommunications: Challenges to Assessing and Improving Telecommunications for Native Americans on Tribal Lands. 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
Brasseaux S (2015) The Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet and Land Changes in Louisiana Deltaic Plain, Saint Bernard Parish, Louisiana. Doctoral dissertation, University of Louisiana

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
Walsh MW (2015) Appointee on Pensions. New York Times B5

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Hoag 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Seitz and Watanabe 2003; Hoag 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Seitz and Watanabe 2003)
  • Three or more authors: (Li et al. 2014)

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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