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
Sanderson, K. (2007). King coal constrained. Nature 449, 14–15. .
A journal article with 2 authors
McCalley, C.K., and Sparks, J.P. (2009). Abiotic gas formation drives nitrogen loss from a desert ecosystem. Science 326, 837–840. .
A journal article with 3 authors
Taylor, P.D., Day, T., and Wild, G. (2007). Evolution of cooperation in a finite homogeneous graph. Nature 447, 469–472. .
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Li, X.L., Kuznetsov, A.E., Zhang, H.F., Boldyrev, A.I., and Wang, L.S. (2001). Observation of all-metal aromatic molecules. Science 291, 859–861. .

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Levy, G., and Levin, B. (2014). The Biostatistics of Aging (Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc).
An edited book
(2016). TransOral Robotic Surgery for Obstructive Sleep Apnea: A Practical Guide to Surgical Approach and Patient Management (Cham: Springer International Publishing).
A chapter in an edited book
Vayo, A.B. (2016). What the Green Grass Hides: Denial and Deception in Suburban Detroit. In Gothic Landscapes: Changing Eras, Changing Cultures, Changing Anxieties, S.R. Yang, and K. Healey, eds. (Cham: Springer International Publishing), pp. 107–124.

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
Andrew, E. (2015). New Horizons Reveals The Mystery Of Kerberos (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 (1986). ADP Acquisitions: Patent Automation Encountering Major Planning and Procurement Problems (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
Mcfarlane, N. (2010). Information power efficiency tradeoffs in mixed signal CMOS circuits. Doctoral dissertation. University of Maryland, College Park.

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
Kolomatsky, M. (2017). September’s Most Popular Listings. New York Times RE2. .

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Sanderson, 2007).
This sentence cites two references (McCalley and Sparks, 2009; Sanderson, 2007).

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

  • Two authors: (McCalley and Sparks, 2009)
  • Three or more authors: (Li et al., 2001)

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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