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
Scalfani, V.F. (2014). Finally free. Science 346, 1258.
A journal article with 2 authors
Sherkow, J.S., and Greely, H.T. (2013). Genomics. What if extinction is not forever? Science 340, 32–33.
A journal article with 3 authors
Rogers, R.R., Krause, D.W., and Curry Rogers, K. (2003). Cannibalism in the Madagascan dinosaur Majungatholus atopus. Nature 422, 515–518.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Comeau, S., Edmunds, P.J., Lantz, C.A., and Carpenter, R.C. (2014). Water flow modulates the response of coral reef communities to ocean acidification. Sci. Rep. 4, 6681.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
American Counseling Association (2015). The ACA Encyclopedia of Counseling (Alexandria, VA, USA: American Counseling Association).
An edited book
(2007). Imaging for Detection and Identification (Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands).
A chapter in an edited book
Karch, M. (2010). Android Calling. In Android for Work: Productivity for Professionals, S. Anglin, D. Pundick, C. Andres, M. Beckner, E. Buckingham, G. Cornell, J. Gennick, J. Hassell, M. Lowman, M. Moodie, et al., eds. (Berkeley, CA: Apress), pp. 39–50.

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). Soft, Transparent Eggshell Gives Unprecedented Look At Embryonic Development (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 (1992). Space Station: Resolving Conflict Over Integration Contractor’s Role (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
Plosky, W.D. (2017). An Investment Case for Addressing Social Drivers of Structural Stigma and Discrimination Against Refugees in Resource-Poor Urban Areas. Doctoral dissertation. Columbia 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
Joy, S. (2015). Pursuing Inside-Out Strategies. New York Times D17.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Scalfani, 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Scalfani, 2014; Sherkow and Greely, 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Sherkow and Greely, 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Comeau 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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