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. Gottfried K. Inferring the statistical interpretation of quantum mechanics from the classical limit. Nature. 2000;405:533–6.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. Barkman T, Zhang J. Evidence for escape from adaptive conflict? Nature. 2009;462:E1; discussion E2-3.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. O’Nions K, Pitman R, Marsh C. Science of nuclear warheads. Nature. 2002;415:853–7.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
1. Pavithra CLP, Sarada BV, Rajulapati KV, Rao TN, Sundararajan G. A new electrochemical approach for the synthesis of copper-graphene nanocomposite foils with high hardness. Sci Rep. 2014;4:4049.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. Liu S-C, Delbruck T, Indiveri G, Whatley A, Douglas R. Event-Based Neuromorphic Systems. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd; 2015.
An edited book
1. Ibrahimbegovic A, Zlatar M, editors. Damage Assessment and Reconstruction after War or Natural Disaster. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands; 2009.
A chapter in an edited book
1. Emigh RJ, Riley D, Ahmed P. The Turn to Race and Ethnicity in the UK Censuses. In: Riley D, Ahmed P, editors. Changes in Censuses from Imperialist to Welfare States: How Societies and States Count. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan US; 2016. p. 121–46.

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. Andrews R. Women In STEM Around The World: Where We’ve Improved, And Where We Can Do Better. IFLScience. IFLScience; 2017.


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. Aircraft Certification: New FAA Approach Needed to Meet Challenges of Advanced Technology. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1993 Sep. Report No.: RCED-93-155.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1. McElhoes JL. Spatial, Technological, and Functional Variability Among the Prehistoric Ceramics of the Southern California Coast [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. Crow K. Maître D’ Says “Buona Sera,” but Back Home, It’s “Buenos Días.” New York Times. 2002 Jul 21;145.

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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