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. Gottfried K. Sowing nuclear misconceptions. Nature. 2000;403(6766):131–133.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. Behnia R, Munro S. Organelle identity and the signposts for membrane traffic. Nature. 2005;438(7068):597–604.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. Lund DC, Lynch-Stieglitz J, Curry WB. Gulf Stream density structure and transport during the past millennium. Nature. 2006;444(7119):601–604.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
1. Cadena CD, Ricklefs RE, Jiménez I, Bermingham E. Ecology: is speciation driven by species diversity? Nature. 2005;438(7064):E1-2; discussion E2.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. Lenk R, Lenk C. Practical Lighting Design With LEDs. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2011.
An edited book
1. Carlo G, Crockett LJ, Carranza MA, editors. Health Disparities in Youth and Families: Research and Applications. New York, NY: Springer; 2011. X, 174 p. (Nebraska Symposium on Motivation).
A chapter in an edited book
1. Zeiliger R, Esnault L. The Constructivist Mapping of Internet Information at Work with Nestor. In: Okada A, Shum SB, Sherborne T, editors. Knowledge Cartography: Software Tools and Mapping Techniques. London: Springer; 2008. p. 89–111. (Advanced Information and Knowledge Processing).

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. My Brain Made Me Do It: Will Neuroscience Change The Way We Punish Criminals? [Internet] IFLScience. 2016 May 29 [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. Toward Equality: Education of the Deaf. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1988. Report No.: 135760.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1. Mickey J. Random Linear Network Coding with Added Prefix Bits [Doctoral dissertation]. Lafayette, LA: University of Louisiana; 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. Kenigsberg B. Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton. New York Times. 2017 Oct 5:C6.

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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