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. Kotov NA. Chemistry. Inorganic nanoparticles as protein mimics. Science. 2010;330:188–9.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. Loring JF, Campbell C. Science and law. Intellectual property and human embryonic stem cell research. Science. 2006;311:1716–7.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. Schmidt MW, Vautravers MJ, Spero HJ. Rapid subtropical North Atlantic salinity oscillations across Dansgaard-Oeschger cycles. Nature. 2006;443:561–4.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
1. Renwick WH, Smith SV, Sleezer RO, Buddemeier RW. Comment on “Managing soil carbon” (II). Science. 2004;305:1567; author reply 1567.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. Russell DL, Arlow PC. Industrial Security. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc; 2015.
An edited book
1. Veves A, Malik RA, editors. Diabetic Neuropathy: Clinical Management. Second Edition. Totowa, NJ: Humana Press; 2007.
A chapter in an edited book
1. Gustafsson B, Teodorescu R, Vasil’ev A. Geometric Properties. In: Teodorescu R, Vasil’ev A, editors. Classical and Stochastic Laplacian Growth. Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2014. p. 127–62.

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. Hale T. Watch This Video On How And Why CRISPR Gene Editing Will Change The World [Internet]. IFLScience. IFLScience; 2016 [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. Extending H.R. 3564 and H.R. 4949 to Federal Examining. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1979 Oct. Report No.: 110546.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1. Mavromati A. One Foot In [Doctoral dissertation]. [Long Beach, CA]: California State University, Long Beach; 2012.

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. Kelly M. The Candidates as Culture Vultures. New York Times. 1992 Jul 12;21.

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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