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
Petsko, G. (2010). Save university arts from the bean counters. Nature 468, 1003.
A journal article with 2 authors
Palmer, M.R., and Pearson, P.N. (2003). A 23,000-year record of surface water pH and PCO2 in the western equatorial Pacific Ocean. Science 300, 480–482.
A journal article with 3 authors
Yang, Y., Dong, Y., and Chawla, N.V. (2014). Predicting node degree centrality with the node prominence profile. Sci. Rep. 4, 7236.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Müller, C., Maeso, I., Wittbrodt, J., and Martínez-Morales, J.R. (2013). The medaka mutation tintachina sheds light on the evolution of V-ATPase B subunits in vertebrates. Sci. Rep. 3, 3217.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Lahdenmäki, T., and Leach, M. (2005). Relational Database Index Design and the Optimizers (Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.).
An edited book
Scott, J.E. (2008). Pro Oracle Application Express (Berkeley, CA: Apress).
A chapter in an edited book
Moritz, N., Goetze, S., and Appell, J.-E. (2011). Ambient Voice Control for a Personal Activity and Household Assistant. In Ambient Assisted Living: 4. AAL-Kongress 2011, Berlin, Germany, January 25–26, 2011, R. Wichert, and B. Eberhardt, eds. (Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer), pp. 63–74.

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. (2014). This Tiny Camera Could Take Real Time Images From Inside Your Arteries (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 (2002). School Meal Programs: Estimated Costs for Three Administrative Processes at Selected Locations (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
Holmstedt, C. (2013). Low voltage switched-current cell and its application. 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
Kelly, M. (1992). THE 1992 CAMPAIGN: Undeclared Candidate; Perot Stresses Homey Image, But the Image Is No Accident. New York Times A1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Petsko, 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Palmer and Pearson, 2003; Petsko, 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Palmer and Pearson, 2003)
  • Three or more authors: (Müller et al., 2013)

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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