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
A. Forde, The class of 2005. Germany: deciphering cellular processes, Science. 310 (2005) 519–520.
A journal article with 2 authors
S.L. Adler, A. Bassi, Physics. Is quantum theory exact?, Science. 325 (2009) 275–276.
A journal article with 3 authors
J. Hasty, D. McMillen, J.J. Collins, Engineered gene circuits, Nature. 420 (2002) 224–230.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
J.P. Scott-Browne, J. White, J.W. Kappler, L. Gapin, P. Marrack, Germline-encoded amino acids in the alphabeta T-cell receptor control thymic selection, Nature. 458 (2009) 1043–1046.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
I.C. Storey, A. Allan, A Guide to Ancient Greek Drama, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford, UK, 2008.
An edited book
R. Kumar, D. Sivakumar, eds., Algorithms and Models for the Web-Graph: 7th International Workshop, WAW 2010, Stanford, CA, USA, December 13-14, 2010. Proceedings, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2010.
A chapter in an edited book
A. Karniel, Y. Reich, DSM Enhancements, in: Y. Reich (Ed.), Managing the Dynamics of New Product Development Processes: A New Product Lifecycle Management Paradigm, Springer, London, 2011: pp. 51–61.

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
D. Andrew, Why We’re More Likely To Date Someone Who Has An Ex, IFLScience. (2016). (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, Information Technology: Better Management of Interdependencies between Programs Supporting 2020 Census Is Needed, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2016.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
N.R. Harper, The Relationship between Worry Symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder and True Memory, False Memory, and Metamemory, Doctoral dissertation, Southern Illinois University, 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
N. Wingfield, K. Couturier, Detailing Amazon’s Custom-Clothing Patent, New York Times. (2017) B4.

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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