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. Adam D. Plans for GM livestock fail the poor. Nature 2001; 411:403.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. Zhang Y, Hayes JD. The membrane-topogenic vectorial behaviour of Nrf1 controls its post-translational modification and transactivation activity. Sci Rep 2013; 3:2006.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. Sarbu T, Styranec T, Beckman EJ. Non-fluorous polymers with very high solubility in supercritical CO2 down to low pressures. Nature 2000; 405:165–168.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
1. Diaz J, Ingall E, Benitez-Nelson C, et al. Marine polyphosphate: a key player in geologic phosphorus sequestration. Science 2008; 320:652–655.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. Gordon A, Hernandez S. The Official (ISC) 2® Guide to the SSCP 2® CBK 2®. Indianapolis, Indiana: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2016.
An edited book
1. Alagumalai S. Excellence in Scholarship: Transcending Transdisciplinarity in Teacher Education. (Burley S, Keeves JP, eds.). Rotterdam: SensePublishers; 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
1. Korol AV, Solov’yov AV. Cross Section of PBrS from Many-Electron Atoms and Ions. In: Solov’yov AV, ed. Polarization Bremsstrahlung. Springer Series on Atomic, Optical, and Plasma Physics. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2014:61–120.

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. Andrew D. How We’re Saving The Mountain Chicken Frog From One Of The World’s Worst Wildlife Diseases. IFLScience 2016.


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. Land Management Systems: Major Software Development Does Not Meet BLM’s Business Needs. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1999.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1. Hongxia D. Social Process of Environmental Risk Perception, Preferences of Risk Management and Public Participation in Decision Making: A Cross-Cultural Study Between the United States and China. 2005.

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. Landler M. Trump Treads Into Feud Between Qatar and Saudis. New York Times. June 6, 2017:A1.

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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