How to format your references using the Cell Chemical Biology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Cell Chemical Biology. 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
Verma, I.M. (2012). Renato Dulbecco (1914-2012). Nature 483, 408.
A journal article with 2 authors
Vert, G., and Chory, J. (2006). Downstream nuclear events in brassinosteroid signalling. Nature 441, 96–100.
A journal article with 3 authors
Montoya, J.M., Pimm, S.L., and Solé, R.V. (2006). Ecological networks and their fragility. Nature 442, 259–264.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Kozlova, E., Chernysh, A., Moroz, V., Gudkova, O., Sergunova, V., and Kuzovlev, A. (2014). Transformation of membrane nanosurface of red blood cells under hemin action. Sci. Rep. 4, 6033.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Pashley, R.M., and Karaman, M.E. (2005). Applied Colloid and Surface Chemistry (Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd).
An edited book
Milutinović, D.L. (2007). Cells and Robots: Modeling and Control of Large-Size Agent Populations (Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer).
A chapter in an edited book
Gámez, J., Rosa, D., Alcántara, E., Martínez, A., Such, M.J., Durá, J.V., Prat, J., and Ramiro, J. (2006). Measurement of Hand Palm Pressures in “La Pelota Vasca” Game. In The Engineering of Sport 6: Volume 2: Developments for Disciplines, S. Haake, ed. (New York, NY: Springer), pp. 17–22.

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 Chemical Biology.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015). New Study Reveals What A Single Energy Drink Does To Your Body (IFLScience).


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 (1999). Medical Records Privacy: Uses and Oversight of Patient Information in Research (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
Minick, V. (2010). Educators’ Beliefs About and Approaches to the Evaluation of Student Writing. Doctoral dissertation. University of South Florida.

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
Greenhouse, L. (2006). Habeas Corpus Case Turns On Buttons Worn at Trial. New York Times A24.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Verma, 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Verma, 2012; Vert and Chory, 2006).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Vert and Chory, 2006)
  • Three or more authors: (Kozlova et al., 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleCell Chemical Biology
AbbreviationCell Chem. Biol.
ISSN (online)2451-9456
Clinical Biochemistry
Molecular Biology
Molecular Medicine
Drug Discovery

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