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
DeWeerdt, S., 2012. Vaccines: The take-home lesson. Nature 484, S24-5.
A journal article with 2 authors
Pyle, J., Harris, N., 2013. Joe Farman (1930-2013). Nature 498, 435.
A journal article with 3 authors
Conrad, C.P., Steinberger, B., Torsvik, T.H., 2013. Stability of active mantle upwelling revealed by net characteristics of plate tectonics. Nature 498, 479–482.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Gong, H., Li, Jun, Xu, A., Tang, Y., Ji, W., Gao, R., Wang, S., Yu, L., Tian, C., Li, Jingwen, Yen, H.-Y., Man Lam, S., Shui, G., Yang, X., Sun, Y., Li, X., Jia, M., Yang, C., Jiang, B., Lou, Z., Robinson, C.V., Wong, L.-L., Guddat, L.W., Sun, F., Wang, Q., Rao, Z., 2018. An electron transfer path connects subunits of a mycobacterial respiratory supercomplex. Science.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Krimpmann, A., 2015. Principles of Group Accounting under IFRS. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.
An edited book
Stańczak, S., 2006. Resource Allocation in Wireless Networks: Theory and Algorithms, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Torrent-Fontbona, F., Pla, A., López, B., 2014. Using Multi-attribute Combinatorial Auctions for Resource Allocation, in: Müller, J.P., Weyrich, M., Bazzan, A.L.C. (Eds.), Multiagent System Technologies: 12th German Conference, MATES 2014, Stuttgart, Germany, September 23-25, 2014. Proceedings, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 57–71.

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., 2014. Why Does Scratching An Itch Make It Worse? [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, 2007. Public Transportation: Future Demand Is Likely for New Starts and Small Starts Programs, but Improvements Needed to the Small Starts Application Process (No. GAO-07-917). 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
Mauger, G.S., 2008. Synoptic sensitivities of subtropical clouds: Separating aerosol effects from meteorology (Doctoral dissertation). University of California San Diego, La Jolla, 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
Shear, M.D., Goodstein, L., Haberman, M., 2017. Trump Is Expected to Relax Tax Rules on Churches That Actively Take Part in Politics. New York Times A15.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (DeWeerdt, 2012).
This sentence cites two references (DeWeerdt, 2012; Pyle and Harris, 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Pyle and Harris, 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Gong et al., 2018)

About the journal

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

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