How to format your references using the Cell Calcium citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Cell Calcium. 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
M. Przeworski, Genome-sequencing anniversary. The golden age of human population genetics, Science. 331 (2011) 547.
A journal article with 2 authors
C.M. Belcher, J.C. McElwain, Limits for combustion in low O2 redefine paleoatmospheric predictions for the Mesozoic, Science. 321 (2008) 1197–1200.
A journal article with 3 authors
E. Altewischer, M.P. van Exter, J.P. Woerdman, Plasmon-assisted transmission of entangled photons, Nature. 418 (2002) 304–306.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
T. Nakano, C. Chin, D.M.A. Myint, E.W. Tan, P.J. Hale, B.M. Krishna M, J.N.J. Reynolds, J. Wickens, K.M. Dani, Mimicking subsecond neurotransmitter dynamics with femtosecond laser stimulated nanosystems, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 5398.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
B.A. French, Chronicles Through the Centuries, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2016.
An edited book
J. Woicik, ed., Hard X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (HAXPES), Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
F. Phillips, S. Alarakhia, P. “joy” Limprayoon, The Triple Helix: International Cases and Critical Summary, in: D.-S. Oh, F. Phillips (Eds.), Technopolis: Best Practices for Science and Technology Cities, Springer, London, 2014: pp. 67–90.

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 Calcium.

Blog post
T. Hale, These DIY Eco-Friendly “Air Conditioners” Are Cooling Down Bangladesh, IFLScience. (2016). (accessed October 30, 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, Space Station: Impact of the Expanded Russian Role on Funding and Research, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1994.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
S.Y. Shenasi, The Roots of Music Therapy: Healing the Wounds of the Psyche, Doctoral dissertation, Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2015.

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
N. Kulish, C. Drew, M. Rosenberg, Navy SEALs, a Beating Death and Claims of a Cover-Up, New York Times. (2015) A1.

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 Calcium
AbbreviationCell Calcium
ISSN (print)0143-4160
ScopeCell Biology
Molecular Biology

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