How to format your references using the Cell Structure and Function citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Cell Structure and Function. 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
Chapman, T. 2003. Lighting up the body. Nature, 425: 867.
A journal article with 2 authors
Shaked, Y. and Rose, A. 2013. Microbiology. Seas of superoxide. Science, 340: 1176–1177.
A journal article with 3 authors
Tuomisto, H., Ruokolainen, K. and Yli-Halla, M. 2003. Dispersal, environment, and floristic variation of western Amazonian forests. Science, 299: 241–244.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Oury, F., Murakami, Y., Renaud, J.-S., Pasqualetti, M., Charnay, P., Ren, S.-Y. and Rijli, F.M. 2006. Hoxa2- and rhombomere-dependent development of the mouse facial somatosensory map. Science, 313: 1408–1413.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Charalambides, C.A. 2016. Discrete q-Distributions.
An edited book
Gordon, C.M. and LeBoff, M.S. (eds). 2015. The Female Athlete Triad: A Clinical Guide.
A chapter in an edited book
Lytle, E. 2016. Early Greek and Latin Sources on the Indian Ocean and Eastern Africa. In: Early Exchange between Africa and the Wider Indian Ocean World (G. Campbell, ed), pp. 113–134.

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 Structure and Function.

Blog post
Andrew, E. 2015. Watch T Cells Hunt Down And Kill Cancer Cells.


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
Government Accountability Office. 2002. Relocation of Space Shuttle Major Modification Work.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Yoon, J. 2012. Jan Radzynski’s Canto (1981): An Introductory View of Its Genre, Style, and Form, with Suggestions for Performance.

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
de la MERCED, M.J. 2017. Megamerger In Aerospace Draws Doubts.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Chapman, 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Chapman, 2003; Shaked and Rose, 2013).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Shaked and Rose, 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Oury et al., 2006)

About the journal

Full journal titleCell Structure and Function
ISSN (print)0386-7196
ISSN (online)1347-3700

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