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
Farah, M.J. (2015). NEUROSCIENCE. The unknowns of cognitive enhancement. Science 350, 379–380.
A journal article with 2 authors
Adamala, K., and Szostak, J.W. (2013). Nonenzymatic template-directed RNA synthesis inside model protocells. Science 342, 1098–1100.
A journal article with 3 authors
Poulsen, C.J., Tabor, C., and White, J.D. (2015). CLIMATE CHANGE. Long-term climate forcing by atmospheric oxygen concentrations. Science 348, 1238–1241.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Lorenz, R.D., Stiles, B.W., Kirk, R.L., Allison, M.D., Del Marmo, P.P., Iess, L., Lunine, J.I., Ostro, S.J., and Hensley, S. (2008). Titan’s rotation reveals an internal ocean and changing zonal winds. Science 319, 1649–1651.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
He, Z. (2016). Wavelet Analysis and Transient Signal Processing Applications for Power Systems (John Wiley & Sons Singapore Pte. Ltd).
An edited book
Du, D.-Z., Hu, X., and Pardalos, P.M. eds. (2009). Combinatorial Optimization and Applications: Third International Conference, COCOA 2009, Huangshan, China, June 10-12, 2009. Proceedings (Springer).
A chapter in an edited book
Reichert, M., and Weber, B. (2012). Process Configuration Support. In Enabling Flexibility in Process-Aware Information Systems: Challenges, Methods, Technologies, B. Weber, ed. (Springer), pp. 89–126.

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). Don’t Panic, But The Universe Is Slowly Dying. 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 (1991). FAA Staffing: Better Strategy Needed to Ensure Facilities Are Properly Staffed (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
Rangwala, R. (2005). The Role of the PDZ Protein, Erbin, in Schwann Cells.

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
Bernard, T.S., and Cowley, S. (2017). Equifax Is Facing Harsh Scrutiny. If Only It Had Come a Bit Sooner. New York Times, A1.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in superscript:

This sentence cites one reference 2.
This sentence cites two references 2,4.
This sentence cites four references 2,4,6,8.

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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