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
Sheps, J.A. (2009). Biochemistry. Through a mirror, differently. Science 323, 1679–1680.
A journal article with 2 authors
Lee, J.-H., and Paull, T.T. (2005). ATM activation by DNA double-strand breaks through the Mre11-Rad50-Nbs1 complex. Science 308, 551–554.
A journal article with 3 authors
Qi, Y., Dolgushev, M., and Zhang, Z. (2014). Dynamics of semiflexible recursive small-world polymer networks. Sci. Rep. 4, 7576.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Kawai, H., Hanyuda, T., Ridgway, L.M., and Holser, K. (2013). Ancestral reproductive structure in basal kelp Aureophycus aleuticus. Sci. Rep. 3, 2491.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Morrison, T.J. (2000). Functional Analysis (Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.).
An edited book
(2016). Noncommutative Analysis, Operator Theory and Applications (Cham: Springer International Publishing).
A chapter in an edited book
Hwang, Y., Chae, H., and Jeon, M. (2010). A Variant of Naor-Pinkas Oblivious Transfer for More Efficient Authentication. In Advanced Computer Science and Information Technology: Second International Conference, AST 2010, Miyazaki, Japan, June 23-25, 2010. Proceedings, G.S. Tomar, R.-S. Chang, O. Gervasi, T.-H. Kim, and S.K. Bandyopadhyay, eds. (Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer), pp. 32–38.

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
Taub, B. (2016). Cannabinoids May Cause Memory Loss By Depriving Brain Cells Of Energy, According To Study (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 (1990). Aviation Safety: Management Improvement Needed in FAA’s Airworthiness Directive Program (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
Canan, D. (2016). Action Research Study on the Gradual Release of Responsibility, Critical Thinking Skills and Use of Intertextuality in a Midwest Suburban High School Setting. 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
Vecsey, G. (2011). For the Cardinals, a Classic Finish. New York Times D4.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Sheps, 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Lee and Paull, 2005; Sheps, 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Lee and Paull, 2005)
  • Three or more authors: (Kawai et al., 2013)

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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