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
Koen D (2003) Nuts and bolts. Nature 426:104
A journal article with 2 authors
Long MA, Fee MS (2008) Using temperature to analyse temporal dynamics in the songbird motor pathway. Nature 456:189–194
A journal article with 3 authors
Eremtchenko M, Schaefer JA, Tautz FS (2003) Understanding and tuning the epitaxy of large aromatic adsorbates by molecular design. Nature 425:602–605
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Spilker JS, Aravena M, Béthermin M, et al (2018) Fast molecular outflow from a dusty star-forming galaxy in the early Universe. Science 361:1016–1019

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Chin WC (2016) Resistivity Modeling. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Smith D, Lommerse M, Metcalfe P (eds) (2014) Perspectives on Social Sustainability and Interior Architecture: Life from the Inside, 2nd ed. 2014. Springer, Singapore
A chapter in an edited book
Mapesa EU, Tress M, Reiche M, Kremer F (2014) Molecular Dynamics of Poly(cis-1,4-Isoprene) in 1- and 2-Dimensional Confinement. In: Kremer F (ed) Dynamics in Geometrical Confinement. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp 95–126

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 D (2017) How We Can Make Super-Fast Hyperloop Travel a Reality. 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 (2000) Intercity Passenger Rail: Increasing Amtrak’s Accountability for Its Taxpayer Relief Act Funds. 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
Merkurjev D (2015) Understanding Enhancer Role in Transcriptional Response. Doctoral dissertation, University of California San Diego

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
Green LV (2006) Beds of State. New York Times 14WC15

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Koen 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Koen 2003; Long and Fee 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Long and Fee 2008)
  • Three or more authors: (Spilker et al. 2018)

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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