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. Gangui A. Astronomy. A preposterous universe. Science. 2003;299(5611):1333–1334.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. Urton G, Brezine CJ. Khipu accounting in ancient Peru. Science. 2005;309(5737):1065–1067.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. Poot-Salazar A, Hernández-Flores Á, Ardisson P-L. Use of the SLW index to calculate growth function in the sea cucumber Isostichopus badionotus. Sci. Rep. 2014;4:5151.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
1. Foote M, Crampton JS, Beu AG, Marshall BA, Cooper RA, Maxwell PA, Matcham I. Rise and fall of species occupancy in Cenozoic fossil mollusks. Science. 2007;318(5853):1131–1134.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. Moore RG, Garland A. Cognitive Therapy for Chronic and Persistent Depression. West Sussex, England: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd; 2008.
An edited book
1. Chanda S. Beginning ASP.NET 4.5 Databases. Third Edition. Foggon D, editor. Berkeley, CA: Apress; 2013. XXII, 280 p.
A chapter in an edited book
1. Adam M. Multi-Level Complexities in Technological Development: Competing Strategies for Drug Discovery. In: Carrier M, Nordmann A, editors. Science in the Context of Application. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands; 2011. p. 67–83. (Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science).

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. Madagascar’s Unique ‘Spiny Forest’ Is Fast Being Turned Into Charcoal. [Internet] IFLScience. 2016 May 2 [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. School District Officials Face Problems in Dealing With Asbestos in Their Schools. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1985. Report No.: RCED-85-91.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1. Aslanyan AL. Psycho-educational group for family members of adults with a mental health diagnosis: A grant proposal [Doctoral dissertation]. Long Beach, CA: California State University, Long Beach; 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. Oestreich JR. A Conductor Celebrates Monteverdi’s 450th. New York Times. 2017 Oct 12:C2.

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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