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
Wood WB. Science education. Revising the AP biology curriculum. Science. 2009 Sep;325(5948):1627–8.
A journal article with 2 authors
Steig EJ, Wolfe AP. Atmospheric science. Sprucing up Greenland. Science. 2008 Jun;320(5883):1595–6.
A journal article with 3 authors
Lower SK, Hochella MF Jr, Beveridge TJ. Bacterial recognition of mineral surfaces: nanoscale interactions between Shewanella and alpha-FeOOH. Science. 2001 May;292(5520):1360–3.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Togan E, Chu Y, Trifonov AS, Jiang L, Maze J, Childress L, et al. Quantum entanglement between an optical photon and a solid-state spin qubit. Nature. 2010 Aug;466(7307):730–4.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Zadora G, Martyna A, Ramos D, Aitken C. Statistical Analysis in Forensic Science. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons Ltd; 2013.
An edited book
Tscheligi M, Obrist M, Lugmayr A, editors. Changing Television Environments: 6th European Conference, EUROITV 2008, Salzburg, Austria, July 3-4, 2008 Proceedings. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2008.
A chapter in an edited book
Talu SD, Lazan N, Lupascu S, Sebestyen E, Toader L. Indications of the Modern Vitreo-Retinal Surgery Techniques. In: Vlad S, Ciupa RV, Nicu AI, editors. International Conference on Advancements of Medicine and Health Care through Technology: 23–26 September, 2009, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2009; pp 15–8.

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. Will Taxpayers Foot The Cleanup Bill For Bankrupt Coal Companies? [Internet]. IFLScience. 2016 May [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. Urban Transportation: Metropolitan Planning Organizations’ Efforts to Meet Federal Planning Requirements. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1996.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Hill - Carter CN. Effects of teacher mentoring on teacher retention. 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
Phillips KM. In Mexico, Outgunned and Underpaid. New York Times. 2009 Aug;A19.

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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