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
W.D. Kaplan, MATERIALS SCIENCE. The mechanism of crystal deformation, Science. 349 (2015) 1059–1060.
A journal article with 2 authors
D. Fenistein, M. Van Hecke, Kinematics: wide shear zones in granular bulk flow, Nature. 425 (2003) 256.
A journal article with 3 authors
M.-C. Koschowitz, C. Fischer, M. Sander, Evolution. Beyond the rainbow, Science. 346 (2014) 416–418.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
A.W. Omta, M.F. Kropman, S. Woutersen, H.J. Bakker, Negligible effect of ions on the hydrogen-bond structure in liquid water, Science. 301 (2003) 347–349.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
P. Mowlaee, J. Kulmer, J. Stahl, F. Mayer, Single Channel Phase-Aware Signal Processing in Speech Communication: Theory and Practice, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2017.
An edited book
C. Dale, T. Anderson, eds., Making Systems Safer: Proceedings of the Eighteenth Safety-Critical Systems Symposium, Bristol, UK, 9-11th February 2010, Springer, London, 2010.
A chapter in an edited book
J.T. Chow, Trade and Human Security in ASEAN: Toward Deeper Linkage?, in: V.K. Aggarwal, K. Govella (Eds.), Linking Trade and Security: Evolving Institutions and Strategies in Asia, Europe, and the United States, Springer, New York, NY, 2013: pp. 67–88.

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
E. Andrew, Camera Traps Reveal What’s Happening As Wildlife Reclaims Chernobyl, 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, Space Station: Cost Control Problems Continue to Worsen, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1997.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
N.R. Fortenbery, Regulation of Natural Killer Cells: SHIP-1, 2B4, and Immunomodulation by Lenalidomide, Doctoral dissertation, University of South Florida, 2012.

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
K. Crow, These Political Button Men Are Relic Makers Now, New York Times. (2000) 144.

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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