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
Dushoff J. 2004. Comment on “Metapopulation persistence with age-dependent disturbance or succession.” Science 304:684; author reply 684.
A journal article with 2 authors
Simon R, Stahl Y. 2006. Botany. Plant cells CLEave their way to differentiation. Science 313:773–774.
A journal article with 3 authors
Turalska M, West BJ, Grigolini P. 2013. Role of committed minorities in times of crisis. Sci Rep 3:1371.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Friedland AE, Lu TK, Wang X, Shi D, Church G, Collins JJ. 2009. Synthetic gene networks that count. Science 324:1199–1202.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Borchard-Tuch C, Groß M. 2005. Was Biotronik alles kann. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, FRG.
An edited book
2012. Computational Organometallic Chemistry. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Puviani M, Cabri G, Capodieci N, Leonardi L. 2015. Building Self-adaptive Systems by Adaptation Patterns Integrated into Agent Methodologies, p. 58–75. In Duval, B, van den Herik, J, Loiseau, S, Filipe, J (eds.), Agents and Artificial Intelligence: 7th International Conference, ICAART 2015, Lisbon, Portugal, January 10-12, 2015, Revised Selected Papers. Springer International Publishing, Cham.

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
Taub B. 2017. Virtual Reality Helps Scientists Recreate The Sounds Of Stonehenge. 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. 2004. Rail Security: Some Actions Taken to Enhance Passenger and Freight Rail Security, but Significant Challenges Remain. GAO-04-598T. 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
Westgate M. 2009. La Boutique Fantasque: A full score edition for wind band. Doctoral dissertation. University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.

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
Hartocollis A. 2014. A Play Is Set in a Hospital, in Two Ways. 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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