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. Taylor WR. Stirring the primordial soup. Nature. 2005;434:705.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. González J, Petrov D. Genetics. MITEs--the ultimate parasites. Science. 2009;325:1352–3.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. Aziz T, Stein J, Yogeshwar R. Animal testing: TV or not TV? Nature. 2011;470:457–9.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
1. Fuhrmann J, Schmidt A, Spiess S, Lehner A, Turgay K, Mechtler K, et al. McsB is a protein arginine kinase that phosphorylates and inhibits the heat-shock regulator CtsR. Science. 2009;324:1323–7.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. Garton AF. Exploring Cognitive Development: The Child as Problem Solver. Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishing Ltd; 2008.
An edited book
1. Leitão J, Alves H, editors. Entrepreneurial and Innovative Practices in Public Institutions: A Quality of Life Approach. Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
1. Celigoj FA, Coward RM, Timberlake MD, Smith RP. Anatomy and Physiology of Erection, Ejaculation, and Orgasm. In: Lipshultz LI, Pastuszak AW, Goldstein AT, Giraldi A, Perelman MA, editors. Management of Sexual Dysfunction in Men and Women: An Interdisciplinary Approach. New York, NY: Springer; 2016. p. 33–41.

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. Evans K. US To Use Crime-Fighting Rats In War Against Illegal Wildlife Trafficking [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. Space Surveillance: DOD and NASA Need Consolidated Requirements and a Coordinated Plan. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1997 Dec. Report No.: NSIAD-98-42.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1. Ekici T. An Investigation of Credit Card Debt: The Effect of Price and Income Expectations and the Impact on Consumption [Doctoral dissertation]. [Columbus, OH]: Ohio State University; 2006.

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. Rothenberg B. Officials Investigating Odd Betting Patterns During Early Match. New York Times. 2016 Sep 7;B9.

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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