How to format your references using the Eukaryotic Cell citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Eukaryotic 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
Ott S. 2011. Chemistry. Ironing out hydrogen storage. Science 333:1714–1715.
A journal article with 2 authors
Baumiller TK, Gahn FJ. 2004. Testing predator-driven evolution with Paleozoic crinoid arm regeneration. Science 305:1453–1455.
A journal article with 3 authors
Ezawa M, Tanaka Y, Nagaosa N. 2013. Topological phase transition without gap closing. Sci Rep 3:2790.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Jean-Baptiste P, Petit JR, Lipenkov VY, Raynaud D, Barkov NI. 2001. Constraints on hydrothermal processes and water exchange in Lake Vostok from helium isotopes. Nature 411:460–462.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Sahalos JN. 2006. Orthogonal Methods for Array Synthesis. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.
An edited book
McInnis B. 2013. HTML5 Game Programming with enchant.js. Apress, Berkeley, CA.
A chapter in an edited book
Kertész A, Kacsuk P. 2008. Meta-Broker for Future Generation Grids: A New Approach for a High-Level Interoperable Resource Management, p. 53–63. In Yahyapour, R, Ziegler, W (eds.), Grid Middleware and Services: Challenges and Solutions. Springer US, Boston, MA.

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 Eukaryotic Cell.

Blog post
Andrew E. 2013. The Smithsonian Introduces 3D Exhibits. IFLScience. IFLScience. Retrieved 30 October 2018.


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. 2006. Small Business Innovation Research: Agencies Need to Strengthen Efforts to Improve the Completeness, Consistency, and Accuracy of Awards Data. GAO-07-38. 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
Ionedes NJ. 2008. An exploration of social interest therapy as a treatment for depression in the elderly. Doctoral dissertation. Capella University, Minneapolis, MN.

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
Hanc J. 2016. A Marathon Back Door That Leads to a Cause. New York Times.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (1).
This sentence cites two references (1, 2).
This sentence cites four references (1–4).

About the journal

Full journal titleEukaryotic Cell
AbbreviationEukaryot. Cell
ISSN (print)1535-9778
ISSN (online)1535-9786
ScopeMolecular Biology
General Medicine

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