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
Kuo, A.D. (2005). Biophysics. Harvesting energy by improving the economy of human walking. Science 309, 1686–1687. .
A journal article with 2 authors
Green, D.R., and Kroemer, G. (2009). Cytoplasmic functions of the tumour suppressor p53. Nature 458, 1127–1130. .
A journal article with 3 authors
Martin, A., Baker, T.A., and Sauer, R.T. (2005). Rebuilt AAA + motors reveal operating principles for ATP-fuelled machines. Nature 437, 1115–1120. .
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Sun, K., Xie, X., Xie, J., Jiao, S., Chen, X., Zhao, X., Wang, X., and Wei, L. (2014). Cell-based therapy for acute and chronic liver failures: distinct diseases, different choices. Sci. Rep. 4, 6494. .

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Zaragoza Dörwald, F. (2004). Side Reactions in Organic Synthesis (Weinheim, FRG: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA).
An edited book
(2008). High-Resolution Approaches in Stratigraphic Paleontology (Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands).
A chapter in an edited book
Mocci, F., Laaksonen, A., Wang, Y.-L., Saba, G., Lai, A., and Cesare Marincola, F. (2014). CompChem and NMR Probing Ionic Liquids. In The Structure of Ionic Liquids, R. Caminiti, and L. Gontrani, eds. (Cham: Springer International Publishing), pp. 97–126.

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). Saturn’s Moon Enceladus Could Be Suitable For Primitive Life (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 (2014). F-35 Joint Strike Fighter: Slower Than Expected Progress in Software Testing May Limit Initial Warfighting Capabilities (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
Magner, K.A. (2010). Evaluation of admissions criteria and practices with regards to successful online learning styles and characteristics. Doctoral dissertation. Pepperdine University.

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
Billard, M. (2010). Baubles And Bags To Customize. New York Times E7. .

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Kuo, 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Green and Kroemer, 2009; Kuo, 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Green and Kroemer, 2009)
  • Three or more authors: (Sun 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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