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. Lawler A. ASTROBIOLOGY: Ames’s Proposal for Lab Triggers Battle at NASA. Science. 2000;289:23a.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. Tierney JE, deMenocal PB. Abrupt shifts in Horn of Africa hydroclimate since the Last Glacial Maximum. Science. 2013;342:843–6.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. Taylor AH, Allen JI, Clark PA. Extraction of a weak climatic signal by an ecosystem. Nature. 2002;416:629–32.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
1. Ranero CR, Morgan JP, McIntosh K, Reichert C. Bending-related faulting and mantle serpentinization at the Middle America trench. Nature. 2003;425:367–73.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. Wildi O. Data Analysis in Vegetation Ecology. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd; 2010.
An edited book
1. Cazenave A, Champollion N, Benveniste J, Chen J, editors. Remote Sensing and Water Resources. Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
1. Battaglia E. Anatomia e fisiologia dell’apparato cardio-respiratorio. In: Baghin A, editor. Annegamento Soccorso tecnico e sanitario. Milano: Springer; 2009. p. 17–57.

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. Andrew D. Killing ‘Zombie’ Cells To Improve Health In Old Age [Internet]. IFLScience. IFLScience; 2017 [cited 2018 Oct 30]. Available from:


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. Math and Science Education: Comprehensive Information About Federally Funded Materials Not Available. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 2000 Jul. Report No.: HEHS-00-110.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1. Julian A. Guided Autobiography Themes for Older Adult United States War Veterans [Doctoral dissertation]. [Long Beach, CA]: California State University, Long Beach; 2017.

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. Williams J. Murder, He Wrote. New York Times. 2017 Apr 14;BR6.

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
Cell Biology
Molecular Biology

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