How to format your references using the Cell Biochemistry and Biophysics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Cell Biochemistry and Biophysics (Cell Biochem Biophys). 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
Smith, K. (2013). Neuroscience: off to night school. Nature, 497(7450), S4-5.
A journal article with 2 authors
Urton, G., & Brezine, C. J. (2005). Khipu accounting in ancient Peru. Science (New York, N.Y.), 309(5737), 1065–1067.
A journal article with 3 authors
Reyes-Lamothe, R., Sherratt, D. J., & Leake, M. C. (2010). Stoichiometry and architecture of active DNA replication machinery in Escherichia coli. Science (New York, N.Y.), 328(5977), 498–501.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Fukidome, H., Kotsugi, M., Nagashio, K., Sato, R., Ohkochi, T., Itoh, T., … Kinoshita, T. (2014). Orbital-specific tunability of many-body effects in bilayer graphene by gate bias and metal contact. Scientific reports, 4, 3713.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Runcie, T., & Dochtermann, M. (2013). Making Effective Business Decisions Using Microsoft Project. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Gnecco, E., & Meyer, E. (Eds.). (2015). Fundamentals of Friction and Wear on the Nanoscale (2nd ed. 2015.). Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Van Biesbrouck, M., Eeckhout, L., & Calder, B. (2005). Efficient Sampling Startup for Sampled Processor Simulation. In T. Conte, N. Navarro, W.-M. W. Hwu, M. Valero, & T. Ungerer (Eds.), High Performance Embedded Architectures and Compilers: First International Conference, HiPEAC 2005, Barcelona, Spain, November 17-18, 2005. Proceedings (pp. 47–67). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.

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 Biochemistry and Biophysics.

Blog post
Andrews, R. (2016, April 25). Absolutely Massive Subglacial Lake Found Beneath Antarctica’s Ice. IFLScience. IFLScience. Retrieved October 30, 2018, 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. (2000). Biotechnology: Information on Prices of Genetically Modified Seeds in the United States and Argentina (No. RCED/NSIAD-00-55). Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Albers, C. (2015). One Academic Year Study of Experiences of One Cohort of Graduates from a Midwestern University’s Teacher Education Program (Doctoral dissertation). Lindenwood University, St. Charles, MO.

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, March 16). Reclaiming a Shabby Block of Maritime History. New York Times, p. 147.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

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 Biochemistry and Biophysics
AbbreviationCell Biochem. Biophys.
ISSN (print)1085-9195
ISSN (online)1559-0283
Cell Biology
General Medicine

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