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
Vinković, D. (2009). Radiation-pressure mixing of large dust grains in protoplanetary disks. Nature 459, 227–229.
A journal article with 2 authors
Brown, K.M., and Fialko, Y. (2012). “Melt welt” mechanism of extreme weakening of gabbro at seismic slip rates. Nature 488, 638–641.
A journal article with 3 authors
Liu, Q.-S., Pu, L., and Poo, M.-M. (2005). Repeated cocaine exposure in vivo facilitates LTP induction in midbrain dopamine neurons. Nature 437, 1027–1031.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Martincorena, I., Fowler, J.C., Wabik, A., Lawson, A.R.J., Abascal, F., Hall, M.W.J., Cagan, A., Murai, K., Mahbubani, K., Stratton, M.R., et al. (2018). Somatic mutant clones colonize the human esophagus with age. Science 362, 911–917.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ford, I. (2013). Statistical Physics (Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd).
An edited book
Hunter, W. (2008). Genome Mapping and Genomics in Arthropods (Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer).
A chapter in an edited book
Lemos, J.M., and Sampaio, I. (2015). Distributed LQG Control for Multiobjective Control of Water Canals. In Transport of Water versus Transport over Water: Exploring the Dynamic Interplay of Transport and Water, C. Ocampo-Martinez, and R.R. Negenborn, eds. (Cham: Springer International Publishing), pp. 59–73.

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
Carpineti, A. (2017). New Planetary Model Suggests More Gas Giant Planets Are Yet To Be Found (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 (2000). National Institute of Standards and Technology: Carryover Balances for the Advanced Technology 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
Holman, R. (2014). Music history pedagogy: Three approaches to teaching a one-semester music history survey course in accordance with the LEAP Initiative. 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
Walsh, M.W. (2016). With Suit, Hedge Funds Seek to Freeze the Assets of a Top Puerto Rico Bank. New York Times B7.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Noffke, 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Mackman, 2008; Marder, 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Brown and Fialko, 2012)
  • Three or more authors: (Venegas et al., 2017)

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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