How to format your references using the Cell Communication and Signaling citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Cell Communication and Signaling. 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
1. Bourzac K. Diagnosis: Early warning system. Nature. 2014;513:S4-6.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. Panstruga R, Dodds PN. Terrific protein traffic: the mystery of effector protein delivery by filamentous plant pathogens. Science. 2009;324:748–50.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. Nesić D, Hsu Y, Stebbins CE. Assembly and function of a bacterial genotoxin. Nature. 2004;429:429–33.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
1. Liu C, Young AL, Starling-Windhof A, Bracher A, Saschenbrecker S, Rao BV, et al. Coupled chaperone action in folding and assembly of hexadecameric Rubisco. Nature. 2010;463:197–202.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. Snell RS, Lemp MA. Clinical Anatomy of the Eye. Oxford, UK: Blackwell Science Ltd,.; 1997.
An edited book
1. Tsihrintzis GA, Damiani E, Virvou M, Howlett RJ, Jain LC, editors. Intelligent Interactive Multimedia Systems and Services. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2010.
A chapter in an edited book
1. Bandyopadhyay S, Pal SK. Variable String Lengths in GA-classifier. In: Pal SK, editor. Classification and Learning Using Genetic Algorithms: Applications in Bioinformatics and Web Intelligence. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2007. p. 109–37.

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 Communication and Signaling.

Blog post
1. Luntz S. Clue To Mysterious Lights That Appear Before Earthquakes [Internet]. IFLScience. IFLScience; 2014 [cited 2018 Oct 30]. Available from: https://www.iflscience.com/physics/clue-mysterious-lights-appear-earthquakes/

Reports

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
1. Government Accountability Office. Electronic Prescribing: CMS Should Address Inconsistencies in Its Two Incentive Programs That Encourage the Use of Health Information Technology. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 2011 Feb. Report No.: GAO-11-159.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
1. Nellenbach KM. Contributions of oral language, problem-solving, and reading attitudes to young adolescents’ silent reading comprehension [Doctoral dissertation]. [Chapel Hill, NC]: University of North Carolina; 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
1. St. John Kelly E. Real Life Story: Tale of a Shipwreck and the Actor Who Lived to Tell About It. New York Times. 1998 Jan 25;147.

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 Communication and Signaling
AbbreviationCell Commun. Signal.
ISSN (online)1478-811X
ScopeBiochemistry
Cell Biology
Molecular Biology

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