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
Oster G. Brownian ratchets: Darwin’s motors. Nature. 2002 May;417(6884):25.
A journal article with 2 authors
Karl TR, Trenberth KE. Modern global climate change. Science. 2003 Dec;302(5651):1719–23.
A journal article with 3 authors
Bielawski CW, Benitez D, Grubbs RH. An “endless” route to cyclic polymers. Science. 2002 Sep;297(5589):2041–4.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Truong QD, Devaraju MK, Ganbe Y, Tomai T, Honma I. Controlling the shape of LiCoPO₄ nanocrystals by supercritical fluid process for enhanced energy storage properties. Sci Rep. 2014 Feb;4:3975.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Escarpa A, González MC, López MÁ. Agricultural and Food Electroanalysis. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd; 2015.
An edited book
Green DG. Complexity in Landscape Ecology. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands; 2006.
A chapter in an edited book
Torres N, Harrelson DW. The Great Red River Raft and its Sedimentological Implications. In: Elliott AC, Torres N, editors. Reconstructing Human-Landscape Interactions - Volume 1: Interpreting Desert and Fluvial Environments. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2012; pp 35–55.

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
O`Callaghan J. Quantum Vibrations Controlled For The First Time Ever, Could Help Find Gravitational Waves [Internet]. IFLScience. 2015 Sep [cited 2018 Oct 30]. Available from:


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. Review of Yolo County, California, Economic Opportunity Commission Concerning Matters Affecting Local Poverty Programs. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1981.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Leung R. The Effect of Mission Assurance on ELV Launch Success Rate: An Analysis of Two Management Systems for Launch Vehicles. 2014

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
Hodara S. Brightening the Night With a Spring Palette. New York Times. 2014 May;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 titleCellular Physiology and Biochemistry
AbbreviationCell. Physiol. Biochem.
ISSN (print)1015-8987
ISSN (online)1421-9778

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