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
Hoag, H. (2004). All systems go. Nature 427, 568–569.
A journal article with 2 authors
Cowan, C.R., and Hyman, A.A. (2004). Centrosomes direct cell polarity independently of microtubule assembly in C. elegans embryos. Nature 431, 92–96.
A journal article with 3 authors
Pan, X., Liu, F., and Zhang, M. (2012). Comment on “Productivity is a poor predictor of plant species richness.” Science 335, 1441; author reply 1441.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Bita, I., Yang, J.K.W., Jung, Y.S., Ross, C.A., Thomas, E.L., and Berggren, K.K. (2008). Graphoepitaxy of self-assembled block copolymers on two-dimensional periodic patterned templates. Science 321, 939–943.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Levy, D. (2011). Practical Diabetes Care (Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell).
An edited book
Gámiz, M.L. (2011). Applied Nonparametric Statistics in Reliability (London: Springer).
A chapter in an edited book
Pachter, R., and Wang, Z. (2009). Adaptive Simulated Annealing and its Application to Protein Folding. In Encyclopedia of Optimization, C.A. Floudas, and P.M. Pardalos, eds. (Boston, MA: Springer US), pp. 21–26.

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
Andrew, E. (2015). Extraordinary Black-And-White Photos Of African Wildlife By Laurent Baheux (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 (1992). NASA: Choices and Challenges (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
Lincoln, J.J. (2010). Creating a lesson that addresses gender differences in physics testing a specific instructional technique in college level physics education. 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
Eddy, M. (2017). Merkel Calls Violence Stemming From Rally ‘Racist’ and ‘Horrifying.’ New York Times A13.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Hoag, 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Cowan and Hyman, 2004; Hoag, 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Cowan and Hyman, 2004)
  • Three or more authors: (Bita et al., 2008)

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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