How to format your references using the Cell Stress citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Cell Stress. 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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. Cassman M (2005). Barriers to progress in systems biology. Nature. 438(7071): 1079. 16371982.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. Parvatiyar K, and Harhaj EW (2010). Cell signaling. Anchors away for ubiquitin chains. Science. 328(5983): 1244–1245. 20522767.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. Andrews MR, Mitra PP, and deCarvalho R (2001). Tripling the capacity of wireless communications using electromagnetic polarization. Nature. 409(6818): 316–318. 11201734.
A journal article with 30 or more authors
1. Ravelli RBG, Gigant B, Curmi PA, Jourdain I, Lachkar S, Sobel A, and Knossow M (2004). Insight into tubulin regulation from a complex with colchicine and a stathmin-like domain. Nature. 428(6979): 198–202. 15014504.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. Toutain L, and Minaburo A (2013). Local Networks and the Internet. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
1. Squassina M (2016). Introduzione all’Analisi Qualitativa dei Sistemi Dinamici Discreti e Continui. Springer, Milano.
A chapter in an edited book
1. Truong T, Palmer M, Bansal N, and Bhandari B (2016). Size-Dependent Variations in Fatty Acid Composition and Lipid Content of Native Milk Fat Globules. In: Palmer M, Bansal N, Bhandari B, editors Effect of Milk Fat Globule Size on the Physical Functionality of Dairy Products. Springer International Publishing, Cham; pp 31–34.

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 Stress.

Blog post
1. Hamilton K (2016). There’s A Cheaper Alternative To The EpiPen - But Your Pharmacist Can Only Give It To You If You Do This. IFLScience. Available at [Accessed 10/30/2018].


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 (2012). Supply Chain Security: CBP Needs to Conduct Regular Assessments of Its Cargo Targeting System. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1. Carey SA (2013). Assessing the presence of antibiotic-resistant Enterococcus in reclaimed water used for spray irrigation. Doctoral dissertation, University of Maryland, College Park.

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. Baker L (2007). Retirement Homes Go High-Rise and Urban. New York Times BU15.

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 Stress
AbbreviationCell Stress
ISSN (online)2523-0204

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