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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Trewavas, A. Urban myths of organic farming. Nature 2001, 410, 409–410.
A journal article with 2 authors
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Bernards, R.; Weinberg, R.A. A progression puzzle. Nature 2002, 418, 823.
A journal article with 3 authors
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Mempel, T.R.; Henrickson, S.E.; Von Andrian, U.H. T-cell priming by dendritic cells in lymph nodes occurs in three distinct phases. Nature 2004, 427, 154–159.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
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Okada, A.; Charron, F.; Morin, S.; Shin, D.S.; Wong, K.; Fabre, P.J.; Tessier-Lavigne, M.; McConnell, S.K. Boc is a receptor for sonic hedgehog in the guidance of commissural axons. Nature 2006, 444, 369–373.

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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Neupert, R. French Animation History; Wiley-Blackwell: Oxford, UK, 2011; ISBN 9781444392586.
An edited book
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Application and Theory of Petri Nets and Concurrency: 36th International Conference, PETRI NETS 2015, Brussels, Belgium, June 21-26, 2015, Proceedings; Devillers, R., Valmari, A., Eds.; Lecture Notes in Computer Science; Springer International Publishing: Cham, 2015; Vol. 9115; ISBN 9783319194875.
A chapter in an edited book
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Engelmann, F.; Arnao, M.-T.G.; Wu, Y.; Escobar, R. Development of Encapsulation Dehydration. In Plant Cryopreservation: A Practical Guide; Reed, B.M., Ed.; Springer: New York, NY, 2008; pp. 59–75 ISBN 9780387722757.

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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Andrew, E. How We Caught A Black Hole Emitting Intense Wind Available online: https://www.iflscience.com/space/how-we-caught-black-hole-emitting-intense-wind/ (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 Space Transportation: Status of the X-33 Reusable Launch Vehicle Program; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 1999;

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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Patra, P. Image scaling with three different interpolation techniques and their comparisons. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach: Long Beach, CA, 2009.

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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Hodara, S. Soaring on Paper Wings. New York Times 2014, WE9.

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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