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. Kiser B. Early child development: Body of knowledge. Nature 2015; 523:286–289.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. Fu Y-X, Storb U. Immunology. Autoreactive B cells migrate into T cell territory. Science 2002; 297:2006–2008.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. Shanavas KV, Parker D, Singh DJ. Theoretical study on the role of dynamics on the unusual magnetic properties in MnBi. Sci Rep 2014; 4:7222.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
1. Krainer FW, Gmeiner C, Neutsch L, et al. Knockout of an endogenous mannosyltransferase increases the homogeneity of glycoproteins produced in Pichia pastoris. Sci Rep 2013; 3:3279.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. Qiu X, Ding C, Hu D. Bistatic SAR Data Processing Algorithms. Solaris South Tower, Singapore: John Wiley & Sons Singapore Pte. Ltd.; 2013.
An edited book
1. Martínez-Martín E. Robust Motion Detection in Real-Life Scenarios. (Pobil ÁP del, ed.). London: Springer; 2012.
A chapter in an edited book
1. De Smet R, Lemmens K, Fierro AC, Marchal K. Systems Microbiology: Gaining Insights in Transcriptional Networks. In: Sintchenko V, ed. Infectious Disease Informatics. New York, NY: Springer; 2010:93–122.

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 E. What I Learned From Debating Science With Trolls. IFLScience 2014.

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. Medicaid: Intergovernmental Transfers Have Facilitated State Financing Schemes. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 2004.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1. Freedman R. Assessing the functional recovery and connectivity potential of restored estuaries in southern California using juvenile predator fish movements. 2014.

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. Tankersley J. Federal Debt Is Not Reduced By Gains in Market. New York Times. October 12, 2017:B2.

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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