How to format your references using the Cell Metabolism citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Cell Metabolism. 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
Alberts, B. (2003). DNA replication and recombination. Nature 421, 431–435.
A journal article with 2 authors
Gomes, C.P., and Selman, B. (2002). Computer science. Satisfied with physics. Science 297, 784–785.
A journal article with 3 authors
Assefa, S., Xia, F., and Vlasov, Y.A. (2010). Reinventing germanium avalanche photodetector for nanophotonic on-chip optical interconnects. Nature 464, 80–84.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Nechaev, S., Fargo, D.C., dos Santos, G., Liu, L., Gao, Y., and Adelman, K. (2010). Global analysis of short RNAs reveals widespread promoter-proximal stalling and arrest of Pol II in Drosophila. Science 327, 335–338.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Chu, P.P. (2006). RTL Hardware Design Using VHDL (Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.).
An edited book
Suzuki, S. (2012). Biomaterials for Surgical Operation (Totowa, NJ: Humana Press).
A chapter in an edited book
Pyka, A., and Saviotti, P.P. (2011). Economic Growth Through the Emergence of New Sectors. In Sectors Matter!: Exploring Mesoeconomics, S. Mann, ed. (Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer), pp. 55–101.

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 Metabolism.

Blog post
Hale, T. (2016). The Best Of The 2016 National Geographic Travel Photographer Of The Year So Far (IFLScience).


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 (2012). Information Technology: Agencies Need to Strengthen Oversight of Billions of Dollars in Operations and Maintenance Investments (Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office).

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Raines, J.R. (2010). Exploring differences in teacher attitudes and instructional strategies between traditional and block schedule high schools: A comparison of two large schools. Doctoral dissertation. Lindenwood University.

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
Barron, J. (2016). Where Presidential Aspirations Are Finally Laid to Rest. New York Times C17.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Alberts, 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Alberts, 2003; Gomes and Selman, 2002).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Gomes and Selman, 2002)
  • Three or more authors: (Nechaev et al., 2010)

About the journal

Full journal titleCell Metabolism
AbbreviationCell Metab.
ISSN (print)1550-4131
ISSN (online)1932-7420
ScopeCell Biology
Molecular Biology

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