How to format your references using the Cell Cycle citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Cell Cycle. 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
Kim SK. Cell biology. Proteins that promote long life. Science 2007; 317:603–4.
A journal article with 2 authors
Heller RC, Marians KJ. Replication fork reactivation downstream of a blocked nascent leading strand. Nature 2006; 439:557–62.
A journal article with 3 authors
Belonoshko AB, Ahuja R, Johansson B. Stability of the body-centred-cubic phase of iron in the Earth’s inner core. Nature 2003; 424:1032–4.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Blewett DT, Chabot NL, Denevi BW, Ernst CM, Head JW, Izenberg NR, Murchie SL, Solomon SC, Nittler LR, McCoy TJ, et al. Hollows on Mercury: MESSENGER evidence for geologically recent volatile-related activity. Science 2011; 333:1856–9.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Tardu S. Statistical Approach to Wall Turbulence. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc; 2011.
An edited book
Roermund AHM, Casier H, Steyaert M, editors. Analog Circuit Design: Smart Data Converters, Filters on Chip, Multimode Transmitters. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands; 2010.
A chapter in an edited book
Pua HH, He Y-W. Autophagy and Lymphocyte Homeostasis. In: Levine B, Yoshimori T, Deretic V, editors. Autophagy in Infection and Immunity. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2009. page 85–105.

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 Cycle.

Blog post
Hale T. Stunning Time-Lapse Video Of The Starry Night Sky [Internet]. IFLScience2016 [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
Government Accountability Office. FAA’s Implementation of a Performance Standard for Passenger Screening Process. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1987.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Cong M. A Comparative Analysis of Acculturative Stress Among Mainland Chinese and Taiwanese International Students at a Hispanic Serving University. 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
Cowen T. Rebalancing the Population Scales. New York Times2014; :BU5.

In-text citations

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

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 Cycle
AbbreviationCell Cycle
ISSN (print)1538-4101
ISSN (online)1551-4005
ScopeCell Biology
Developmental Biology
Molecular Biology

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