How to format your references using the Cell Division citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Cell Division. 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
1. Smaglik P. Grappling for grants. Nature. 2002;419:3.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. Poinar GO Jr, Danforth BN. A fossil bee from Early Cretaceous Burmese amber. Science. 2006;314:614.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. Garner HR, McIver LJ, Waitzkin MB. Research funding: Same work, twice the money? Nature. 2013;493:599–601.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
1. Li M, Zhu Y, Zhang H, Li L, He P, Xia H, et al. Delivery of inhibitor of growth 4 (ING4) gene significantly inhibits proliferation and invasion and promotes apoptosis of human osteosarcoma cells. Sci Rep. 2014;4:7380.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. Jarry P, Beneat J. Advanced Design Techniques and Realizations of Microwave and RF Filters. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2007.
An edited book
1. Lerer L, Olshevsky V, Spitkovsky IM, editors. Convolution Equations and Singular Integral Operators: Selected Papers of Israel Gohberg and Georg Heinig Israel Gohberg and Nahum Krupnik. Basel: Birkhäuser; 2010.
A chapter in an edited book
1. Zlotnik A, Zalevsky Z, Borkowski A, Sylman D, Micó V, García J, et al. Techniques Utilizing Diffractive Masks Having Structures with a Period Non-Limited Randomness. In: Zalevsky Z, editor. Super-Resolved Imaging: Geometrical and Diffraction Approaches. New York, NY: Springer; 2011. p. 69–105.

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 Division.

Blog post
1. Luntz S. How An Arctic Microbe Survives The Cold [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. Mass Transit: FTA Could Relieve New Starts Program Funding Constraints. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 2001 Aug. Report No.: GAO-01-987.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1. Leak SC. Building community capacity to meet the needs of our aging society: Interdisciplinary competency development for professionals [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. Swenson J. New Orleans Celebrates Fats Domino. New York Times. 2017 Oct 26;C1.

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 Division
AbbreviationCell Div.
ISSN (online)1747-1028
Cell Biology
Molecular Biology

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