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
Chesebro, B. (2004). Biomedicine. A fresh look at BSE. Science 305, 1918–1921.
A journal article with 2 authors
Golde, T.E., and Kukar, T.L. (2009). Medicine. Avoiding unintended toxicity. Science 324, 603–604.
A journal article with 3 authors
Alby, K., Schaefer, D., and Bennett, R.J. (2009). Homothallic and heterothallic mating in the opportunistic pathogen Candida albicans. Nature 460, 890–893.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
McClintock, W.E., Bradley, E.T., Vervack, R.J., Jr, Killen, R.M., Sprague, A.L., Izenberg, N.R., and Solomon, S.C. (2008). Mercury’s exosphere: observations during MESSENGER’s First Mercury flyby. Science 321, 92–94.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Dye, F.J. (2017). Dictionary of Stem Cells, Regenerative Medicine, and Translational Medicine (Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.).
An edited book
(2009). Assessing Well-Being: The Collected Works of Ed Diener (Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands).
A chapter in an edited book
Palucka, K., and Banchereau, J. (2014). Cancer Immunotherapy via Dendritic Cells. In Interaction of Immune and Cancer Cells, M. Klink, ed. (Vienna: Springer), pp. 75–89.

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. (2015). Seal Attacks And Devours Guts Of 5 Sharks In One Sitting (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 (1967). Automatic Data Processing (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
Alaiyegbami, A.O. (2014). Porescale Investigation of Gas Shales Reservoir Description by Comparing the Barnett, Mancos, and Marcellus Formation. Doctoral dissertation. University of Louisiana.

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
Feeney, K. (2008). For Takeout, A Tasty Oasis At a Mall. New York Times NJ10.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Chesebro, 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Chesebro, 2004; Golde and Kukar, 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Golde and Kukar, 2009)
  • Three or more authors: (McClintock et al., 2008)

About the journal

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

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