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
Lackner, K. S. (2003). Climate change. A guide to CO2 sequestration. Science (New York, N.Y.), 300(5626), 1677–1678.
A journal article with 2 authors
Hwang, K. C., & Sagadevan, A. (2014). One-pot room-temperature conversion of cyclohexane to adipic acid by ozone and UV light. Science (New York, N.Y.), 346(6216), 1495–1498.
A journal article with 3 authors
Richards-Kortum, R., Gray, L. V., & Oden, M. (2012). IBI* series winner. Engaging undergraduates in global health technology innovation. Science (New York, N.Y.), 336(6080), 430–431.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Lv, X., Jiang, H., Li, B., Liang, Q., Wang, S., Zhao, Q., & Jiao, J. (2014). The crucial role of Atg5 in cortical neurogenesis during early brain development. Scientific reports, 4, 6010.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Jarman, K. H. (2015). Beyond Basic Statistics. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Haque, M. O. (2005). Income Elasticity and Economic Development: Methods and Applications. (J. Marquez, F. G. Adams, P. Balestra, M. G. Dagenais, D. Kendrick, J. H. P. Paelinck, … W. Welfe, Eds.) (Vol. 42). Boston, MA: Springer US.
A chapter in an edited book
Cleophas, T. J., & Zwinderman, A. H. (2010). Linear Regression (20 Patients). In A. H. Zwinderman (Ed.), SPSS for Starters: SPSS for Starters (pp. 15–19). 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
Luntz, S. (2014, September 9). New Theory Could Rewrite Our Understanding Of Volcanoes. 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. (2004). Information Technology Investment Management: A Framework for Assessing and Improving Process Maturity (Supersedes AIMD-10.1.23) (No. GAO-04-394G). 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
Lowden, M. R. (2008). Genesis of end-to-end chromosome fusions (Doctoral dissertation). University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC.

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
Hartocollis, A. (2014, April 4). Long Island College Hospital Names Choice for the Future. New York Times, p. A24.

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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