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. Huron D (2008). Science & music: lost in music. Nature. 453(7194): 456–457. 18497806.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. Custance O, and Morita S (2008). Materials science. How to move an atom. Science. 319(5866): 1051–1052. 18292329.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. Suma K, Sumiyoshi Y, and Endo Y (2005). The rotational spectrum and structure of the HOOO radical. Science. 308(5730): 1885–1886. 15879172.
A journal article with 30 or more authors
1. Ferrari de Andrade L, Tay RE, Pan D, Luoma AM, Ito Y, Badrinath S, Tsoucas D, Franz B, May KF Jr, Harvey CJ, Kobold S, Pyrdol JW, Yoon C, Yuan G-C, Hodi FS, Dranoff G, and Wucherpfennig KW (2018). Antibody-mediated inhibition of MICA and MICB shedding promotes NK cell-driven tumor immunity. Science. 359(6383): 1537–1542. 29599246.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. Khanna VK (2005). Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor IGBT Theory and Design. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
1. Ncube M (2016). Global Growth and Financial Spillovers and the South African Macro-economy. Palgrave Macmillan UK, London.
A chapter in an edited book
1. Lücke J (2005). Dynamics of Cortical Columns – Sensitive Decision Making. In: Duch W, Kacprzyk J, Oja E, Zadrożny S, editors Artificial Neural Networks: Biological Inspirations – ICANN 2005: 15th International Conference, Warsaw, Poland, September 11-15, 2005. Proceedings, Part I. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg; pp 25–30.

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. Andrew E (2014). Surinam Toad Childbirth: Trypophobics Need Not Apply. IFLScience. [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 (2007). Critical Infrastructure: Challenges Remain in Protecting Key Sectors. 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. Huang J (2013). Multispectral Imaging of Skin Oxygenation. Doctoral dissertation, Ohio State University.

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. Vecsey G (2013). An Event for the Elite and the Average Alike. New York Times F2.

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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