How to format your references using the Cellular Oncology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Cellular Oncology. 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. B. Halliwell, Nature 426, 787; discussion 788 (2003).
A journal article with 2 authors
1. P. Forster and C. Renfrew, Science 333, 1390 (2011).
A journal article with 3 authors
1. R. Babbush, P. J. Love, and A. Aspuru-Guzik, Sci. Rep. 4, 6603 (2014).
A journal article with 4 or more authors
1. M. H. Kim, L. Shen, H. Tao, T. J. Martinez, and A. G. Suits, Science 315, 1561 (2007).

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. S. M. Bragg, Accounting Best Practices (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey, 2013).
An edited book
1. H. J. Dumont, editor , The Nile: Origin, Environments, Limnology and Human Use (Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2009).
A chapter in an edited book
1. N. R. Miller, in Electoral Systems: Paradoxes, Assumptions, and Procedures, edited by D. S. Felsenthal and M. Machover (Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2012), pp. 93–127.

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 Oncology.

Blog post
1. J. Fang, IFLScience (2014).


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, Problems of the Upward Bound Program in Preparing Disadvantaged Students for a Postsecondary Education (U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1974).

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1. J. Branch, A Case Study of Perceptions and Experiences among African-American Males Regarding College Dropout Rates in a Community College, Doctoral dissertation, Northcentral 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
1. M. Paulson, New York Times C3 (2017).

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 Oncology
AbbreviationCell. Oncol.
ISSN (print)2211-3428
ISSN (online)2211-3436
ScopeCancer Research
Molecular Medicine
General Medicine

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