How to format your references using the Cellular Signalling citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Cellular Signalling. 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
J. Kormendy, ASTRONOMY: Enhanced: Monsters at the Heart of Galaxy Formation, Science. 289 (2000) 1484–1485.
A journal article with 2 authors
J. Fyke, M. Eby, Comment on “Climate sensitivity estimated from temperature reconstructions of the Last Glacial Maximum,” Science. 337 (2012) 1294; author reply 1294.
A journal article with 3 authors
K.D. Poss, L.G. Wilson, M.T. Keating, Heart regeneration in zebrafish, Science. 298 (2002) 2188–2190.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
M. Konacki, G. Torres, S. Jha, D.D. Sasselov, An extrasolar planet that transits the disk of its parent star, Nature. 421 (2003) 507–509.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
C. Russell, Trustee Investment Strategy for Endowments and Foundations, John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Oxford, UK, 2006.
An edited book
S. Abram, K.A. Lund, eds., Green Ice: Tourism Ecologies in the European High North, Palgrave Macmillan UK, London, 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
R.-H. Peng, A.-S. Xiong, Y. Xue, X.-Y. Fu, F. Gao, W. Zhao, Y.-S. Tian, Q.-H. Yao, A Profile of Ring-hydroxylating Oxygenases that Degrade Aromatic Pollutants, in: D.M. Whitacre (Ed.), Reviews of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology Volume 206, Springer, New York, NY, 2010: pp. 65–94.

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 Signalling.

Blog post
J. Fang, Blue-Footed Boobies Camouflage Eggs With Dirt, And It Works, IFLScience. (2015). (accessed October 30, 2018).


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, Awarding and Implementing an Emergency School Aid Act Grant to the North End Concerned Citizens Community Council, Detroit, Michigan, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1974.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
A. Janpengpen, Monitoring and forecasting biosolids odors at prior lime and post lime addition in wastewater treatment plants, Doctoral dissertation, University of Maryland, College Park, 2010.

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
S. Hollander, On the Street of Superlatives, New York Times. (2009) CY5.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [1].
This sentence cites two references [1,2].
This sentence cites four references [1–4].

About the journal

Full journal titleCellular Signalling
AbbreviationCell. Signal.
ISSN (print)0898-6568
ScopeCell Biology

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