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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Current Research 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
Stehr, N., 2015. Climate policy: Democracy is not an inconvenience. Nature 525, 449–450.
A journal article with 2 authors
Simmons, S.F., Brown, K.L., 2006. Gold in magmatic hydrothermal solutions and the rapid formation of a giant ore deposit. Science 314, 288–291.
A journal article with 3 authors
Hoskinson, E., Packard, R.E., Haard, T.M., 2005. Oscillatory motion: quantum whistling in superfluid helium-4. Nature 433, 376.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Yip, C.K., Kimbrough, T.G., Felise, H.B., Vuckovic, M., Thomas, N.A., Pfuetzner, R.A., Frey, E.A., Finlay, B.B., Miller, S.I., Strynadka, N.C.J., 2005. Structural characterization of the molecular platform for type III secretion system assembly. Nature 435, 702–707.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Baker, K.R., 2011. Optimization Modeling with Spreadsheets. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Malinowska, A.B., 2014. Quantum Variational Calculus, SpringerBriefs in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Springer International Publishing, Cham.
A chapter in an edited book
White, S.M., 2005. Coronal Magnetic Field Measurements Through Gyroresonance Emission, in: Gary, D.E., Keller, C.U. (Eds.), Solar and Space Weather Radiophysics: Current Status and Future Developments. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, pp. 89–113.

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 Research in Cell Biology.

Blog post
Andrew, E., 2015. Five Things To Think About When Choosing A University Course [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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, 1996. NASA Personnel: Challenges to Achieving Workforce Reductions (No. NSIAD-96-176). U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Cole Jackson, M., 2015. National school reform: the benefits of civility and ethics instruction (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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
(nyt), S.K., 2005. World Briefing | Europe: Ukraine: Russia Lifts Arrest For Ex-Premier. New York Times A9.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Stehr, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Simmons and Brown, 2006; Stehr, 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Simmons and Brown, 2006)
  • Three or more authors: (Yip et al., 2005)

About the journal

Full journal titleCurrent Research in Cell Biology
ISSN (print)2590-2636

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