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
Scheschkewitz, D. (2010). Comment on “Single-crystal X-ray structure of 1,3-dimethylcyclobutadiene by confinement in a crystalline matrix.” Science 330, 1047; author reply 1047.
A journal article with 2 authors
Fan, G., and Yan, D. (2014). Positional isomers of cyanostilbene: two-component molecular assembly and multiple-stimuli responsive luminescence. Sci. Rep. 4, 4933.
A journal article with 3 authors
Yang, C., Zhong, Z., and Lieber, C.M. (2005). Encoding electronic properties by synthesis of axial modulation-doped silicon nanowires. Science 310, 1304–1307.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Brenner, R., Peréz, G.J., Bonev, A.D., Eckman, D.M., Kosek, J.C., Wiler, S.W., Patterson, A.J., Nelson, M.T., and Aldrich, R.W. (2000). Vasoregulation by the beta1 subunit of the calcium-activated potassium channel. Nature 407, 870–876.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Gray, K.A., and Paschkewitz, J.J. (2016). Next Generation HALT and HASS (Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd).
An edited book
Ching, W.-K. (2013). Markov Chains: Models, Algorithms and Applications (Boston, MA: Springer US).
A chapter in an edited book
Layer, E., and Tomczyk, K. (2010). Mapping Error. In Measurements, Modelling and Simulation of Dynamic Systems, K. Tomczyk, ed. (Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer), pp. 127–150.

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). The Palaeolithic Diet And The Unprovable Links To Our Past (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 (1997). Transportation Issue Area Plan--Fiscal Years 1998-2000 (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
Glock, M. (2008). Cultural futuristics: Bringing consciousness to cultural complexes and soul to scenario based planning. Doctoral dissertation. Pacifica Graduate Institute.

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
Wagner, J. (2017). A Mets Pitcher’s Call-Up From Class AA Is a Surprise to Him. New York Times B9.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Scheschkewitz, 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Fan and Yan, 2014; Scheschkewitz, 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Fan and Yan, 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Brenner et al., 2000)

About the journal

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

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