How to format your references using the Current Opinion in Cell Biology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Current Opinion in Cell Biology. 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
Faubert J: Professional athletes have extraordinary skills for rapidly learning complex and neutral dynamic visual scenes. Sci Rep 2013, 3:1154.
A journal article with 2 authors
Kokko H, López-Sepulcre A: From individual dispersal to species ranges: perspectives for a changing world. Science 2006, 313:789–791.
A journal article with 3 authors
Zhu M, Yu X, Ahlberg PE: A primitive sarcopterygian fish with an eyestalk. Nature 2001, 410:81–84.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Gupta SS, Stadler M, Noser CA, Ghosh A, Steinhoff B, Lenoir D, Horwitz CP, Schramm K-W, Collins TJ: Rapid total destruction of chlorophenols by activated hydrogen peroxide. Science 2002, 296:326–328.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Habart-Corlosquet M, Janssen J, Manca R: VaR Methodology for Non-Gaussian Finance. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2013.
An edited book
Cazzulino D: Beginning Visual Web Programming in VB .NET: From Novice to Professional. Apress; 2005.
A chapter in an edited book
Niedergang F, Chavrier P: Regulation of Phagocytosis by Rho GTPases. In Bacterial Virulence Factors and Rho GTPases. Edited by Boquet P, Lemichez E. Springer; 2005:43–60.

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 Current Opinion in Cell Biology.

Blog post
Fang J: Ancient Arctic DNA Suggests That Dogs And Wolves Split 40,000 Years Ago. IFLScience 2015,


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: Education of Homeless Students: Improved Program Oversight Needed. U.S. Government Printing Office; 2014.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Fichera M: Transport of seawater and its influence on the transverse tensile strength of unidirectional composite materials. 2015,

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
Kenigsberg B: This Time Tomorrow. New York Times 2017,

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 titleCurrent Opinion in Cell Biology
AbbreviationCurr. Opin. Cell Biol.
ISSN (print)0955-0674
ISSN (online)1879-0410
ScopeCell Biology

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