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
Feldman, J. (2000). Minimization of Boolean complexity in human concept learning. Nature 407, 630–633.
A journal article with 2 authors
Waitukaitis, S.R., and Jaeger, H.M. (2012). Impact-activated solidification of dense suspensions via dynamic jamming fronts. Nature 487, 205–209.
A journal article with 3 authors
Mendoza, M., Succi, S., and Herrmann, H.J. (2013). Flow through randomly curved manifolds. Sci. Rep. 3, 3106.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Imaizumi, T., Schultz, T.F., Harmon, F.G., Ho, L.A., and Kay, S.A. (2005). FKF1 F-box protein mediates cyclic degradation of a repressor of CONSTANS in Arabidopsis. Science 309, 293–297.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Berk, J. (2010). Cost Reduction and Optimization for Manufacturing and Industrial Companies (Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.).
An edited book
(2011). Systems, Software and Service Process Improvement: 18th European Conference, EuroSPI 2011, Roskilde, Denmark, June 27-29, 2011. Proceedings (Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer).
A chapter in an edited book
Friberg, J., and Al-Rawi, F.N.H. (2016). Five Texts from Old Babylonian Mê-Turran (Tell Haddad), Ishchali and Shaduppûm (Tell Harmal) with Rectangular-Linear Problems for Figures of a Given Form. In New Mathematical Cuneiform Texts, F.N.H. Al-Rawi, ed. (Cham: Springer International Publishing), pp. 149–212.

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
Fang, J. (2014). Visualizing 13 Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution (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 (2012). Commercial Space Launch Act: Preliminary Information on Issues to Consider for Reauthorization (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
Zimmerman, T.F. (2010). A descriptive review of the development and implementation of a funding model for the Kentucky Community and Technical College System: The first 10 years, 1998–2008. Doctoral dissertation. Mississippi State 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
Wagner, J. (2016). Custom Cleats for the Polished Player. New York Times D6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Feldman, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Feldman, 2000; Waitukaitis and Jaeger, 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Waitukaitis and Jaeger, 2012)
  • Three or more authors: (Imaizumi et al., 2005)

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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