How to format your references using the Cells citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Cells. 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
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Burrow, C.J. Comment on “Separate evolutionary origins of teeth from evidence in fossil jawed vertebrates.” Science 2003, 300, 1661; author reply 1661.
A journal article with 2 authors
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Koocher, G.P.; Keith-Spiegel, P. Peers nip misconduct in the bud. Nature 2010, 466, 438–440.
A journal article with 3 authors
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Losos, J.B.; Hillis, D.M.; Greene, H.W. Evolution. Who speaks with a forked tongue? Science 2012, 338, 1428–1429.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
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Hatzivassiliou, G.; Song, K.; Yen, I.; Brandhuber, B.J.; Anderson, D.J.; Alvarado, R.; Ludlam, M.J.C.; Stokoe, D.; Gloor, S.L.; Vigers, G.; et al. RAF inhibitors prime wild-type RAF to activate the MAPK pathway and enhance growth. Nature 2010, 464, 431–435.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
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Tattar, P.N.; Ramaiah, S.; Manjunath, B.G. A Course in Statistics With R; John Wiley & Sons, Ltd: Chichester, UK, 2016; ISBN 9781119152743.
An edited book
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The Semantic Web: Research and Applications: 8th Extended Semantic Web Conference, ESWC 2011, Heraklion, Crete, Greece, May 29-June 2, 2011, Proceedings, Part I; Antoniou, G., Grobelnik, M., Simperl, E., Parsia, B., Plexousakis, D., Leenheer, P.D., Pan, J., Eds.; Lecture Notes in Computer Science; Springer: Berlin, Heidelberg, 2011; Vol. 6643; ISBN 9783642210334.
A chapter in an edited book
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Krebbers, R. Aliasing Restrictions of C11 Formalized in Coq. In Certified Programs and Proofs: Third International Conference, CPP 2013, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, December 11-13, 2013, Proceedings; Gonthier, G., Norrish, M., Eds.; Lecture Notes in Computer Science; Springer International Publishing: Cham, 2013; pp. 50–65 ISBN 9783319035444.

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 Cells.

Blog post
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Andrews, R. Contraceptive Pill Appears To Significantly Increase The Risk Of Depression Available online: https://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/contraceptive-pill-appears-significantly-increase-risk-depression/ (accessed on Oct 30, 2018).

Reports

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
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Government Accountability Office Polar-Orbiting Environmental Satellites: Information on Program Cost and Schedule Changes; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 2004;

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
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Hall, K.E. Transformational leadership practices of African-American ministers at predominantly African American Churches of Christ in Nashville, TN. Doctoral dissertation, Pepperdine University: Malibu, CA, 2012.

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
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Neuman, W. Defying U.S., Colombia Ends a Drug Tactic. New York Times 2015, A1.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

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 titleCells
AbbreviationCells
ISSN (online)2073-4409
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