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
DeFelipe, J. (2010). From the connectome to the synaptome: an epic love story. Science 330, 1198–1201.
A journal article with 2 authors
Karimi, E., and Boyd, R.W. (2015). PHYSICS. Classical entanglement? Science 350, 1172–1173.
A journal article with 3 authors
Pauluis, O., Czaja, A., and Korty, R. (2008). The global atmospheric circulation on moist isentropes. Science 321, 1075–1078.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Begum, N.A., Kinoshita, K., Kakazu, N., Muramatsu, M., Nagaoka, H., Shinkura, R., Biniszkiewicz, D., Boyer, L.A., Jaenisch, R., and Honjo, T. (2004). Uracil DNA glycosylase activity is dispensable for immunoglobulin class switch. Science 305, 1160–1163.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kassapoglou, C. (2015). Modeling the Effect of Damage in Composite Structures (Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd).
An edited book
Härdle, W.K. (2012). Applied Multivariate Statistical Analysis (Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer).
A chapter in an edited book
Lee-Makiyama, H., and Verschelde, B. (2016). RETRACTED CHAPTER: OECD BEPS: Reconciling Global Trade, Taxation Principles and the Digital Economy. In The Challenge of the Digital Economy: Markets, Taxation and Appropriate Economic Models, F. Boccia, and R. Leonardi, eds. (Cham: Springer International Publishing), pp. 55–68.

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). This Robot is Going to 3D-Print a Steel Bridge (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 (1988). ADP Management: Status of the Army’s Logistics and Technical Information Initiatives (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
Rodriguez, J.M. (2011). A recruitment campaign for Latino non-kin foster parents: A grant proposal. Doctoral dissertation. California State University, Long Beach.

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
Brantley, B. (2017). This Barber? He Has Demons. New York Times C1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (DeFelipe, 2010).
This sentence cites two references (DeFelipe, 2010; Karimi and Boyd, 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Karimi and Boyd, 2015)
  • Three or more authors: (Begum et al., 2004)

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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