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. Szathmáry E. Evolution. To group or not to group? Science. 2011;334(6063):1648–1649.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. Wyithe JSB, Loeb A. A characteristic size of approximately 10 Mpc for the ionized bubbles at the end of cosmic reionization. Nature. 2004;432(7014):194–196.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. Choi W-Y, Giraldez AJ, Schier AF. Target protectors reveal dampening and balancing of Nodal agonist and antagonist by miR-430. Science. 2007;318(5848):271–274.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
1. Bogdan P, Deasy BM, Gharaibeh B, Roehrs T, Marculescu R. Heterogeneous structure of stem cells dynamics: statistical models and quantitative predictions. Sci. Rep. 2014;4:4826.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. Le Bodic G. Mobile Messaging Technologies and Services. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd; 2005.
An edited book
1. Kent JA, editor. Handbook of Industrial Chemistry and Biotechnology. 12th ed. 2012. Boston, MA: Springer US; 2012. XIV, 1562 p. 1196 illus., 59 illus. in color.
A chapter in an edited book
1. Laures C. Innovative Energy Concepts in the Water Supply Sector. In: Schmidt M, Onyango V, Palekhov D, editors. Implementing Environmental and Resource Management. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2011. p. 23–31.

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. Night Sky Puts On A Meteor Shower To Celebrate Rosetta’s Closest Approach To The Sun. [Internet] IFLScience. 2015 Aug 12 [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. Financial Literacy and Education Commission: Further Progress Needed to Ensure an Effective National Strategy. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 2006. Report No.: GAO-07-100.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1. Laubacher TL. Simplifying “Inherently Governmental” Functions: Choosing between a Principled Approach or More of the Same [Doctoral dissertation]. Washington, DC: George Washington University; 2016.

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. Feeney K. Downtown Dumplings. New York Times. 2009 Jan 11:NJ9.

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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