How to format your references using the Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry. 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
Herman IP: Following the law. Nature 2007;445:228.
A journal article with 2 authors
Rowitch DH, Kriegstein AR: Developmental genetics of vertebrate glial-cell specification. Nature 2010;468:214–222.
A journal article with 3 authors
Segawa Y, Yamashita M, Nozaki K: Boryllithium: isolation, characterization, and reactivity as a boryl anion. Science 2006;314:113–115.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Grima B, Lamouroux A, Chélot E, Papin C, Limbourg-Bouchon B, Rouyer F: The F-box protein slimb controls the levels of clock proteins period and timeless. Nature 2002;420:178–182.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Irene EA: Electronic Materials Science. Hoboken, NJ, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2005.
An edited book
Benhabib S, Kaul V (eds): Toward New Democratic Imaginaries - İstanbul Seminars on Islam, Culture and Politics. Cham, Springer International Publishing, 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
Berman SJ, Battino B, Shipnuck L, Neus A: The End of Advertising As We Know It; in Gerbarg D (ed): Television Goes Digital. New York, NY, Springer, 2009, pp 29–55.

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 Physiology and Biochemistry.

Blog post
Andrew E: Are Hospitals The Safest Place For Healthy Women To Have Babies? An Obstetrician Thinks Twice. IFLScience 2015;


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: Effects of Airline Entry Barriers on Fares. Washington, DC, U.S. Government Printing Office, 1990.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Vargo G: Social protest and the novel: Chartism, the radical press, and early Victorian fiction 2010;

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
Kishkovsky S: Russian Orthodox Church Elects Outspoken Patriarch. New York Times 2009;A10.

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 Physiology and Biochemistry
AbbreviationCell. Physiol. Biochem.
ISSN (print)1015-8987
ISSN (online)1421-9778

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