How to format your references using the Cellular Immunology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Cellular Immunology. 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
F. Wu, Perspective: time to face the fungal threat, Nature. 516 (2014) S7.
A journal article with 2 authors
D.A. Zarin, T. Tse, Medicine. Moving toward transparency of clinical trials, Science. 319 (2008) 1340–1342.
A journal article with 3 authors
E. Unal, J.M. Heidinger-Pauli, D. Koshland, DNA double-strand breaks trigger genome-wide sister-chromatid cohesion through Eco1 (Ctf7), Science. 317 (2007) 245–248.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Y.N. Ko, S.B. Park, S.H. Choi, Y.C. Kang, One-pot synthesis of manganese oxide-carbon composite microspheres with three dimensional channels for Li-ion batteries, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 5751.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
M. Sharon, M. Sharon, Graphene, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2015.
An edited book
M.-C.T. Calderer, E.M. Terentjev, eds., Modeling of Soft Matter, Springer, New York, NY, 2005.
A chapter in an edited book
N. Drechsler, R. Drechsler, Exploration of Sequential Depth by Evolutionary Algorithms, in: M. Glesner, R. Reis, L. Indrusiak, V. Mooney, H. Eveking (Eds.), VLSI-SOC: From Systems to Chips: IFIP TC 10/ WG 10.5 Twelfth International Conference on Very Large Scale Integration of System on Chip (VLSI-SoC 2003), December 1–3, 2003, Darmstadt, Germany, Springer US, Boston, MA, 2006: pp. 73–83.

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 Cellular Immunology.

Blog post
S. Luntz, Pond Life Timelapse, IFLScience. (2014). (accessed October 30, 2018).


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
Government Accountability Office, Concurrent Development and Production of MK-12A Reentry Vehicle, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1978.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
L.M. Zazworsky, Dumbing down for others: Differences in socially motivated underachievement between working and middle class students, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 2013.

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
M.J.O. Murphy, When John Lennon Was Starting Over, New York Times. (2015) C28.

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 titleCellular Immunology
AbbreviationCell. Immunol.
ISSN (print)0008-8749

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