How to format your references using the Cell Transplantation citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Cell Transplantation. 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. Roy K. Evolution. Dynamics of body size evolution. Science. 2008;321(5895):1451–1452.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. Dudin YO, Kuzmich A. Strongly interacting Rydberg excitations of a cold atomic gas. Science. 2012;336(6083):887–889.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. Hu H, Martina M, Jonas P. Dendritic mechanisms underlying rapid synaptic activation of fast-spiking hippocampal interneurons. Science. 2010;327(5961):52–58.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
1. Hiroi T, Abe M, Kitazato K, Abe S, Clark BE, Sasaki S, Ishiguro M, Barnouin-Jha OS. Developing space weathering on the asteroid 25143 Itokawa. Nature. 2006;443(7107):56–58.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. Zhu QK. Power Distribution Network Design For VLSI. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2005.
An edited book
1. Grant VJ, Cheng A, editors. Comprehensive Healthcare Simulation: Pediatrics. Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2016. XXII, 417 p. 146 illus., 145 illus. in color. (Comprehensive Healthcare Simulation).
A chapter in an edited book
1. Bas P, Furon T, Cayre F, Doërr G, Mathon B. Secure Design. In: Furon T, Cayre F, Doërr G, Mathon B, editors. Watermarking Security. Singapore: Springer; 2016. p. 63–102. (SpringerBriefs in Electrical and Computer Engineering).

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 Transplantation.

Blog post
1. Andrew E. Google Has Developed A Self-Driving Car. [Internet] IFLScience. 2014 May 28 [cited 2018 Oct 30]. Available from


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. Children’s Television Act: FCC Could Improve Efforts to Oversee Enforcement and Provide Public Information. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 2011. Report No.: GAO-11-659.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1. Gates DA. Best Practices and Strategies for Financial Literacy in Faith-Based Organizations [Doctoral dissertation]. Malibu, CA: Pepperdine University; 2017.

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. Isherwood C. The Best Religion? A Believer Answers. New York Times. 2016 Apr 14:C3.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in superscript:

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 Transplantation
AbbreviationCell Transplant.
ISSN (print)0963-6897
ISSN (online)1555-3892
ScopeCell Biology
Biomedical Engineering

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