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. 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
Smaglik, P. (2003). Trust me, I’m a doctor. Nature, 426(6962), 101.
A journal article with 2 authors
Jiggins, F. M., & Hurst, G. D. D. (2011). Microbiology. Rapid insect evolution by symbiont transfer. Science (New York, N.Y.), 332(6026), 185–186.
A journal article with 3 authors
Burrone, J., O’Byrne, M., & Murthy, V. N. (2002). Multiple forms of synaptic plasticity triggered by selective suppression of activity in individual neurons. Nature, 420(6914), 414–418.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Zhang, Y., Ge, J., Wang, L., Wang, D., Ding, F., Tao, X., & Chen, W. (2013). Manageable N-doped graphene for high performance oxygen reduction reaction. Scientific reports, 3, 2771.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bachmutsky, A. (2010). System Design for Telecommunication Gateways. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Jenkins, A. J., Toth, P. P., & Lyons, T. J. (Eds.). (2014). Lipoproteins in Diabetes Mellitus. New York, NY: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Nielsen, S. P., Roos, P., Dahlgaard, H., Olsen, S. K., Jernström, J., & Eriksson, M. (2009). Thule Expedition 2003 - Studies on Radioactive Contamination and Particles. In D. H. Oughton & V. Kashparov (Eds.), Radioactive Particles in the Environment (pp. 93–109). Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.

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
Hale, T. (2016, July 1). Here’s Four Edible Science Experiments You Can Try At Home. 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. (1997). Surface Transportation: Prospects for Innovation Through Research, Intelligent Transportation Systems, State Infrastructure Banks, and Design-Build Contracting (No. T-RCED-97-83). 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
Watson, C. A. (2014). A cultural confluence: Approaches to embedding cultural insights and inclusion throughout the marketing process (Doctoral dissertation). Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA.

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
Wasik, J. F. (2016, September 22). The Next Hot Start-Up Benefit Could Be a 401(k). New York Times, p. B7.

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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