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
Roberts L. HIV/AIDS in America. Introduction. Science. 2012 Jul;337(6091):167.
A journal article with 2 authors
Head JJ, Polly PD. Evolution of the snake body form reveals homoplasy in amniote Hox gene function. Nature. 2015 Apr;520(7545):86–9.
A journal article with 3 authors
Richards-Kortum R, Gray LV, Oden M. IBI* series winner. Engaging undergraduates in global health technology innovation. Science. 2012 Apr;336(6080):430–1.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Paproski RJ, Heinmiller A, Wachowicz K, Zemp RJ. Multi-wavelength photoacoustic imaging of inducible tyrosinase reporter gene expression in xenograft tumors. Sci Rep. 2014 Jun;4:5329.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Gilmore R, Lefranc M. The Topology of Chaos. Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA; 2011.
An edited book
Mak P-I. Analog-Baseband Architectures And Circuits For Multistandard And Lowvoltage Wireless Transceivers. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands; 2007.
A chapter in an edited book
Rehm G, Uszkoreit H. O projektu META-NET. In: Rehm G, Uszkoreit H, editors. The Slovene Language in the Digital Age. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2012; pp 35–35.

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
Carpineti A. Planet In Three-Star System Directly Imaged For The First Time [Internet]. IFLScience. 2016 Jul


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. ADP, IRM & Telecommunications, 1985. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1986.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Gonzalez R. A mentoring program for Latino foster youth: A grant proposal. 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
Sophia Kishkovsky; Compiled by. Arts, Briefly; High Season for Russian Art in London Auctions. New York Times. 2004 Dec;E4.

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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