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
Bonetta, L., 2006. Gene expression: an expression of interest. Nature 440, 1233–1237.
A journal article with 2 authors
Pomerantz, R.T., O’Donnell, M., 2010. Direct restart of a replication fork stalled by a head-on RNA polymerase. Science 327, 590–592.
A journal article with 3 authors
Logvenov, G., Gozar, A., Bozovic, I., 2009. High-temperature superconductivity in a single copper-oxygen plane. Science 326, 699–702.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Lartigue, C., Glass, J.I., Alperovich, N., Pieper, R., Parmar, P.P., Hutchison, C.A., 3rd, Smith, H.O., Venter, J.C., 2007. Genome transplantation in bacteria: changing one species to another. Science 317, 632–638.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Glover, F., Klingman, D., Phillips, N.V., 1992. Network Models in Optimization and their Applications in Practice. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Ustundag, A. (Ed.), 2013. The Value of RFID: Benefits vs. Costs. Springer, London.
A chapter in an edited book
Illies, C., 2016. New Debates in Old Ethical Skins, in: Engelhard, M. (Ed.), Synthetic Biology Analysed: Tools for Discussion and Evaluation, Ethics of Science and Technology Assessment. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 89–125.

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, D., 2015. Is Masturbation Good For You? [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, 2013. Positive Train Control: Additional Authorities Could Benefit Implementation (No. GAO-13-720). 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
Bardhoshi, G., 2012. The Relationship Between Assignment of Non-Counseling Duties and Burnout Among Professional School Counselors (Doctoral dissertation). George Washington University, Washington, DC.

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
Schwirtz, M., Rashbaum, W.K., 2017. Accused of Spying, a New York City Correction Official Is Removed. New York Times A18.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Bonetta, 2006).
This sentence cites two references (Bonetta, 2006; Pomerantz and O’Donnell, 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Pomerantz and O’Donnell, 2010)
  • Three or more authors: (Lartigue et al., 2007)

About the journal

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

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