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
Clawson, G.A. (2013). Cancer. Fusion for moving. Science 342, 699–700.
A journal article with 2 authors
Macosko, E.Z., and McCarroll, S.A. (2013). Genetics. Our fallen genomes. Science 342, 564–565.
A journal article with 3 authors
Ahlberg, P.E., Clack, J.A., and Blom, H. (2005). The axial skeleton of the Devonian tetrapod Ichthyostega. Nature 437, 137–140.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Wu, S., Ho, S.C., Lam, T.-P., Woo, J., Yuen, P.Y., Qin, L., and Ku, S. (2013). Development and validation of a lifetime exposure questionnaire for use among Chinese populations. Sci. Rep. 3, 2793.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Wen, S., and Huang, P. (2017). Principles of Tribology (Singapore: John Wiley & Sons Singapore Pte. Ltd.).
An edited book
(2012). Delinquent Girls: Contexts, Relationships, and Adaptation (New York, NY: Springer).
A chapter in an edited book
Kitraki, E. (2014). BPA Effects In Vivo: Evidence from Animal Studies. In Plastics in Dentistry and Estrogenicity: A Guide to Safe Practice, T. Eliades, and G. Eliades, eds. (Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer), pp. 89–114.

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). How Does Your Choice Of University Affect Your Future? (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 (1999). Year 2000 Computing Challenge: Education Taking Needed Actions But Work Remains (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
Liu, H. (2017). Three Papers on the Sociology of Initial Public Offerings (IPOs). Doctoral dissertation. Indiana University.

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
Walsh, M.W. (2015). Puerto Rico Fails to Pay $58 Million Bond Debt. New York Times B1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Clawson, 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Clawson, 2013; Macosko and McCarroll, 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Macosko and McCarroll, 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Wu 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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