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
B.J. Cardinale, Biodiversity improves water quality through niche partitioning, Nature. 472 (2011) 86–89.
A journal article with 2 authors
N. Matsuda, K. Tanaka, Cell biology: Tagged tags engage disposal, Nature. 524 (2015) 294–295.
A journal article with 3 authors
P.S. Dodds, R. Muhamad, D.J. Watts, An experimental study of search in global social networks, Science. 301 (2003) 827–829.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
A. Rosenthal, G.M. Yaxley, D.H. Green, J. Hermann, I. Kovács, C. Spandler, Continuous eclogite melting and variable refertilisation in upwelling heterogeneous mantle, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 6099.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
J. Korhonen, T. Savolainen, J. Soininen, Deploying IPv6 in 3GPP Networks, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2013.
An edited book
N. Dabbagh, Learning Technologies and Globalization: Pedagogical Frameworks and Applications, 1st ed. 2016, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
S.K. Gupta, E. Bencurova, M. Srivastava, P. Pahlavan, J. Balkenhol, T. Dandekar, Improving Re-annotation of Annotated Eukaryotic Genomes, in: K.-C. Wong (Ed.), Big Data Analytics in Genomics, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2016: pp. 171–195.

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, Machines Master Classic Video Games Without Being Told The Rules, IFLScience. (2015). (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, Effective Central Control Could Improve DOD’s Ammunition Logistics, 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
C.A. Garcia, Tracking chemistry self-efficacy and achievement in a preparatory chemistry course, Doctoral dissertation, University of South Florida, 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
M. Pilon, Fighter Who Faked Death Is Sent to Prison for Robbery, New York Times. (2013) B14.

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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