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
Vicsek, T., 2001. A question of scale. Nature 411, 421.
A journal article with 2 authors
Martin, L.B., Coon, C.A.C., 2010. Immunology. Infection protection and natural selection. Science 330, 602–603.
A journal article with 3 authors
Davidson, E.M., Frothingham, R., Cook-Deegan, R., 2007. Science and security. Practical experiences in dual-use review. Science 316, 1432–1433.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Lecuit, M., Vandormael-Pournin, S., Lefort, J., Huerre, M., Gounon, P., Dupuy, C., Babinet, C., Cossart, P., 2001. A transgenic model for listeriosis: role of internalin in crossing the intestinal barrier. Science 292, 1722–1725.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Center for Chemical Process Safety, 2010. Guidelines for Chemical Process Quantitative Risk Analysis. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Barth, F.G., 2012. Frontiers in Sensing: From Biology to Engineering. Springer, Vienna.
A chapter in an edited book
Rothenbühler, I., 2006. Cultural aspects of vocational rehabilitation processes, in: Franchignoni, F. (Ed.), Vocational Rehabilitation, Collection de L’Académie Européenne de Médecine de Réadaptation. Springer, Paris, pp. 53–67.

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. Superhydrophobic Material Developed That Makes Water Bounce Like A Ball [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, 2006. Intermodal Transportation: Challenges to and Potential Strategies for Developing Improved Intermodal Capabilities (No. GAO-06-855T). 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
Morgan, A.J., 2017. Analyzing Red and Gray Stages of Bark Beetle Attack in the San Bernardino National Forest Using Remote Sensing (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
Shpigel, B., 2016. Pro Football; Bowles Hospitalized, and He May Not Coach. New York Times D4.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Vicsek, 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Martin and Coon, 2010; Vicsek, 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Martin and Coon, 2010)
  • Three or more authors: (Lecuit et al., 2001)

About the journal

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

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