How to format your references using the Cellular Reprogramming citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Cellular Reprogramming. 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
Duncan, M.K. (2011). Development. A new focus on RNA in the lens. Science 331, 1523–1524.
A journal article with 2 authors
Macfarlane, A., and Martin, G. (2004). Beyond the ivory tower. A world of glass. Science 305, 1407–1408.
A journal article with 3 authors
Howell, K., White, J.G., and Hobert, O. (2015). Spatiotemporal control of a novel synaptic organizer molecule. Nature 523, 83–87.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Cortázar, D., Kunz, C., Selfridge, J., Lettieri, T., Saito, Y., MacDougall, E., Wirz, A., Schuermann, D., Jacobs, A.L., Siegrist, F., et al. (2011). Embryonic lethal phenotype reveals a function of TDG in maintaining epigenetic stability. Nature 470, 419–423.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Sewell, G. (2005). The Numerical Solution of Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations (Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.).
An edited book
(2016). The Fragmentation of Aid: Concepts, Measurements and Implications for Development Cooperation (London: Palgrave Macmillan UK).
A chapter in an edited book
Lee, J., and Park, G.-L. (2014). Distance-Based Heuristic in Selecting a DC Charging Station for Electric Vehicles. In Multi-Disciplinary Trends in Artificial Intelligence: 8th International Workshop, MIWAI 2014, Bangalore, India, December 8-10, 2014. Proceedings, M.N. Murty, X. He, R.R. Chillarige, and P. Weng, eds. (Cham: Springer International Publishing), pp. 47–56.

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 Reprogramming.

Blog post
Luntz, S. (2015). Most Psychology Papers Can’t Be Reproduced (IFLScience).


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 (1990). Children’s Issues: A Decade of GAO Reports and Recent Activities (Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office).

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Tovar, B. (2010). A drug and alcohol education and prevention program for Hispanic families: A grant proposal. Doctoral dissertation. California State University, Long Beach.

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
Pilon, M., Belson, K., and Borden, S. (2014). Fourth. New York Times B9.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Duncan, 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Duncan, 2011; Macfarlane and Martin, 2004).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Macfarlane and Martin, 2004)
  • Three or more authors: (Cortázar et al., 2011)

About the journal

Full journal titleCellular Reprogramming
AbbreviationCell. Reprogram.
ISSN (print)2152-4971
ISSN (online)2152-4998
Cell Biology
Developmental Biology

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