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
P.M. Grant, Superconductivity. Currents without borders, Nature. 407 (2000) 139–141.
A journal article with 2 authors
Y.K. Lee, S.K. Mazmanian, Has the microbiota played a critical role in the evolution of the adaptive immune system?, Science. 330 (2010) 1768–1773.
A journal article with 3 authors
Z. Zhang, X. Huang, H. Lu, Association between red blood cell transfusion and bronchopulmonary dysplasia in preterm infants, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 4340.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Y.T. Zhou, B. Zhang, S.J. Zheng, J. Wang, X.Y. San, X.L. Ma, Atomic-scale decoration for improving the pitting corrosion resistance of austenitic stainless steels, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 3604.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
H. Tyson, Microsoft® Word 2010 Bible, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2010.
An edited book
T. Mossakowski, U. Montanari, M. Haveraaen, eds., Algebra and Coalgebra in Computer Science: Second International Conference, CALCO 2007, Bergen, Norway, August 20-24, 2007. Proceedings, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2007.
A chapter in an edited book
P. Lichte, H.-C. Pape, The Multiply Injured Patient, in: W.R. Smith, P.F. Stahel (Eds.), Management of Musculoskeletal Injuries in the Trauma Patient, Springer, New York, NY, 2014: pp. 111–119.

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, New Drug Speeds Up Tissue Regrowth After Transplants, 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, [Comments on DOD Data Center Consolidation Plan], U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1994.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
C.C. Mills, Olfaction and Exhibition: Assessing the Impact of Scent in Museums on Exhibit Engagement, Learning and Empathy, Doctoral dissertation, Florida Atlantic University, 2017.

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. Chang, School Scandals: A Scorecard, New York Times. (2006) 14LI6.

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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