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
Semenza, G.L., 2007. Life with oxygen. Science 318, 62–64.
A journal article with 2 authors
Kaidi, A., Jackson, S.P., 2013. KAT5 tyrosine phosphorylation couples chromatin sensing to ATM signalling. Nature 498, 70–74.
A journal article with 3 authors
Zhu, B.O., Zhao, J., Feng, Y., 2013. Active impedance metasurface with full 360° reflection phase tuning. Sci. Rep. 3, 3059.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Dai, Z.G., Wang, X.Y., Wu, X.F., Zhang, B., 2006. X-ray flares from postmerger millisecond pulsars. Science 311, 1127–1129.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Meschede, D., 2017. Optics, Light, and Lasers. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany.
An edited book
Antona, M., Stephanidis, C. (Eds.), 2016. Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction. Interaction Techniques and Environments: 10th International Conference, UAHCI 2016, Held as Part of HCI International 2016, Toronto, ON, Canada, July 17-22, 2016, Proceedings, Part II, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer International Publishing, Cham.
A chapter in an edited book
Tian, J., Chen, J., Chen, G., Wu, P., Zhang, H., Zhao, Y., 2015. The Concept and Research Progress of MAS, in: Chen, J., Chen, G., Wu, P., Zhang, H., Zhao, Y. (Eds.), Genetic Analyses of Wheat and Molecular Marker-Assisted Breeding, Volume 2: Conditional QTL Analysis and MAS. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, pp. 179–185.

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
Andrews, R., 2016. An Italian Supervolcano May Be Showing Signs Of “Reawaking” [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, 1990. Airline Scheduling: Airlines’ On-Time Performance (No. RCED-90-154). 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
Shamloo Aliabadi, E., 2013. The effect of distortion on trajectory of diesel Particulate Matters (PM) from mobile sources (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
Dougherty, C., 2017. Inside Yelp’s Fierce Google Grudge. New York Times BU1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Semenza, 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Kaidi and Jackson, 2013; Semenza, 2007).

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

  • Two authors: (Kaidi and Jackson, 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Dai et al., 2006)

About the journal

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

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