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
Bernath, P.F. (2002). Laser chemistry. Water vapor gets excited. Science 297, 943–945.
A journal article with 2 authors
Keller, C.B., and Schoene, B. (2012). Statistical geochemistry reveals disruption in secular lithospheric evolution about 2.5 Gyr ago. Nature 485, 490–493.
A journal article with 3 authors
Conrad, C.P., Steinberger, B., and Torsvik, T.H. (2013). Conrad et al. reply. Nature 503, E4.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Park, M., Penick, E.C., Edwards, J.G., Kauer, J.A., and Ehlers, M.D. (2004). Recycling endosomes supply AMPA receptors for LTP. Science 305, 1972–1975.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Smed, J., and Hakonen, H. (2017). Algorithms and Networking for Computer Games (Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd).
An edited book
(2016). Collaboration in Creative Design: Methods and Tools (Cham: Springer International Publishing).
A chapter in an edited book
Hansen, L.G. (2005). Aspects of the Political Economy of Environmental Voluntary Agreements. In The Handbook of Environmental Voluntary Agreements: Design, Implementation and Evaluation Issues, E. Croci, ed. (Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands), pp. 67–89.

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
Hamilton, K. (2015). What’s The Highest And Lowest Point On Earth? (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). Education Research: Education Should Improve Assessments of R&D Centers, Regional Labs, and Comprehensive Centers (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
Vaughan, L. (2008). Executive function in daily life: Age-related influences of executive processes on instrumental activities of daily living. Doctoral dissertation. University of North Carolina.

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
Drucker, J., Lipton, E., and Haberman, M. (2017). Trump’s Family Still Benefiting From Businesses. 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 (Bernath, 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Bernath, 2002; Keller and Schoene, 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Keller and Schoene, 2012)
  • Three or more authors: (Park et al., 2004)

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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