How to format your references using the Cell Research citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Cell Research. 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
1. Foote R. Mathematics and complex systems. Science 2007; 318:410–412.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. Rappuoli R, Aderem A. A 2020 vision for vaccines against HIV, tuberculosis and malaria. Nature 2011; 473:463–469.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. Moreira JA, Pacheco JM, Santos FC. Evolution of collective action in adaptive social structures. Sci Rep 2013; 3:1521.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
1. Kato H, Goto DB, Martienssen RA, Urano T, Furukawa K, Murakami Y. RNA polymerase II is required for RNAi-dependent heterochromatin assembly. Science 2005; 309:467–469.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. Pijaudier-Cabot G, La Borderie C, Reess T, et al. Electrohydraulic Fracturing of Rocks. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2016.
An edited book
1. Chen W, Yin G, Zhao G, et al. eds. Big Data Technology and Applications: First National Conference, BDTA 2015, Harbin, China, December 25-26, 2015. Proceedings. 1st ed. 2016. Singapore: Springer; 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
1. Bundgaard H, Cold GE. Studies of Regional Subdural Pressure Gradients During Craniotomy. In: Cold GE, Juul N, eds. Monitoring of Cerebral and Spinal Haemodynamics During Neurosurgery. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2008:89–102.

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 Research.

Blog post
1. Fang J. Cretaceous Insect Larvae Hunted Spiders Using Long Legs, Sharp Jaws. IFLScience 2016.

Reports

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
1. Government Accountability Office. Computer Operations: FAA Needs to Implement an Effective Capacity Management Program. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1991.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
1. Green RE. From Hart to Hammerstein: The music of Richard Rodgers and his evolution toward the integrated musical. 2010.

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
1. Sisario B. Concert Giants Seek Gold in New York Grit. New York Times. January 30, 2017:B1.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [1].
This sentence cites two references [1,2].
This sentence cites four references [1–4].

About the journal

Full journal titleCell Research
AbbreviationCell Res.
ISSN (print)1001-0602
ISSN (online)1748-7838
ScopeCell Biology
Molecular Biology

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