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
Zare, R.N. (2006). Chemistry. Resonances in reaction dynamics. Science 311, 1383–1385.
A journal article with 2 authors
Ischenko, A.A., and Saparbaev, M.K. (2002). Alternative nucleotide incision repair pathway for oxidative DNA damage. Nature 415, 183–187.
A journal article with 3 authors
Lu, L.Y., Ou, N., and Lu, Q.-B. (2013). Antioxidant induces DNA damage, cell death and mutagenicity in human lung and skin normal cells. Sci. Rep. 3, 3169.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Deng, M.T., Yu, C.L., Huang, G.Y., Larsson, M., Caroff, P., and Xu, H.Q. (2014). Parity independence of the zero-bias conductance peak in a nanowire based topological superconductor-quantum dot hybrid device. Sci. Rep. 4, 7261.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kudnig, S.T., and Séguin, B. (2012). Veterinary Surgical Oncology (John Wiley & Sons, Ltd,.).
An edited book
Ornbo, J. (2008). Experience-Based Communication C. Sneppen and P. F. Würtz, eds. (Springer).
A chapter in an edited book
Räikkä, J. (2008). Autonomy and Genetic Privacy. In Genetic Democracy: Philosophical Perspectives International Library Of Ethics, Law, And The New Medicine., V. Launis and J. Räikkä, eds. (Springer Netherlands), pp. 43–51.

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
Andrews, R. (2015). Is Friday The 13th Really Unlucky? 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 (1987). Attack Warning: ADP and Communication Modernization Programs for Warning and Assessment (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
Gravano, A. (2009). Turn-taking and affirmative cue words in task-oriented dialogue.

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). Never an Empty Seat. New York Times, SP1.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in superscript:

This sentence cites one reference 2.
This sentence cites two references 2,4.
This sentence cites four references 2,4,6,8.

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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