How to format your references using the Developmental Cell citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Developmental Cell. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
Moncada, S. (2005). Obituary: John R. Vane (1927-2004). Nature 433, 28.
A journal article with 2 authors
Picollo, A., and Pusch, M. (2005). Chloride/proton antiporter activity of mammalian CLC proteins ClC-4 and ClC-5. Nature 436, 420–423.
A journal article with 3 authors
Pagel, M., Venditti, C., and Meade, A. (2006). Large punctuational contribution of speciation to evolutionary divergence at the molecular level. Science 314, 119–121.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Waelbroeck, C., Duplessy, J.C., Michel, E., Labeyrie, L., Paillard, D., and Duprat, J. (2001). The timing of the last deglaciation in North Atlantic climate records. Nature 412, 724–727.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Jay, S.A. (2006). High Voltage Electricity Installations (Chichester, England: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd).
An edited book
(2005). EQ-5D concepts and methods: A developmental history (Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands).
A chapter in an edited book
Aseeva, R., Serkov, B., and Sivenkov, A. (2014). The Ignition of Timber. In Fire Behavior and Fire Protection in Timber Buildings, B. Serkov, and A. Sivenkov, eds. (Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands), pp. 89–117.

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 Developmental Cell.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2014). Scientists Engineer First Bone Marrow-On-A-Chip (IFLScience).


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 (2009). Higher Education: Factors Lenders Consider in Making Lending Decisions for Private Education Loans (Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office).

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Francis, T.M. (2017). The Lived Experience of Caribbean Women and Their Experiences as Senior-Level Leaders: A Phenomenological Study. Doctoral dissertation. Capella University.

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
Cooper, M. (2017). Met Opera Loses Lead In a High-Stakes ‘Tosca.’ New York Times C3.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Moncada, 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Moncada, 2005; Picollo and Pusch, 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Picollo and Pusch, 2005)
  • Three or more authors: (Waelbroeck et al., 2001)

About the journal

Full journal titleDevelopmental Cell
AbbreviationDev. Cell
ISSN (print)1534-5807
ISSN (online)1878-1551
ScopeDevelopmental Biology

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