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
S.J. Kenyon, Astronomy: Pluto leads the way in planet formation, Nature. 522 (2015) 40–41.
A journal article with 2 authors
A. Trautmann, E. Vivier, Immunology. Agrin--a bridge between the nervous and immune systems, Science. 292 (2001) 1667–1668.
A journal article with 3 authors
M.C. González, C.A. Hidalgo, A.-L. Barabási, Understanding individual human mobility patterns, Nature. 453 (2008) 779–782.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
H. Li, S. Ilin, W. Wang, E.M. Duncan, J. Wysocka, C.D. Allis, D.J. Patel, Molecular basis for site-specific read-out of histone H3K4me3 by the BPTF PHD finger of NURF, Nature. 442 (2006) 91–95.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
J. Douglas, E.A. Noy, Building Surveys and Reports, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK, 2010.
An edited book
G.K. Wenning, A. Fanciulli, eds., Multiple System Atrophy, Springer, Vienna, 2014.
A chapter in an edited book
A.B. Mukherjee, P. Bhattacharya, A. Sarkar, R. Zevenhoven, Mercury emissions from industrial sources in India and its effects in the environment, in: R. Mason, N. Pirrone (Eds.), Mercury Fate and Transport in the Global Atmosphere: Emissions, Measurements and Models, Springer US, Boston, MA, 2009: pp. 81–112.

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
E. Andrew, Complex Sugar Molecules May Be The Key To Safer Chemo, IFLScience. (2015).


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, Management of the Overseas Dependents School System, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1973.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
J. Porter, Closing the classroom door: Denying the political, embracing the moral, Doctoral dissertation, University of Arizona, 2010.

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
B. Rothenberg, Mixture of Upsets and Injuries Leaves Chase for Men’s Title Wide Open, New York Times. (2017) SP3.

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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