How to format your references using the European Journal of Cell Biology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for European Journal of Cell Biology. 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
Stuart, J.S., 2001. A near-Earth asteroid population estimate from the LINEAR survey. Science 294, 1691–1693.
A journal article with 2 authors
Shinbrot, T., Muzzio, F.J., 2001. Noise to order. Nature 410, 251–258.
A journal article with 3 authors
Bolmatov, D., Musaev, E.T., Trachenko, K., 2013. Symmetry breaking gives rise to energy spectra of three states of matter. Sci. Rep. 3, 2794.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
O’Brien, C.M., Fox, C.J., Planque, B., Casey, J., 2000. Climate variability and North Sea cod. Nature 404, 142.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Fogel, D.B., Liu, D., Keller, J.M., 2016. Fundamentals of Computational Intelligence. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Zheng, G., Li, S. (Eds.), 2016. Computational Radiology for Orthopaedic Interventions, 1st ed. 2016. ed, Lecture Notes in Computational Vision and Biomechanics. Springer International Publishing, Cham.
A chapter in an edited book
Stoilov, T., Stoilova, K., 2012. Portfolio Risk Management Modelling by Bi-level Optimization, in: Lu, J., Jain, L.C., Zhang, G. (Eds.), Handbook on Decision Making: Vol 2: Risk Management in Decision Making, Intelligent Systems Reference Library. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 91–110.

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 European Journal of Cell Biology.

Blog post
Davis, J., 2015. Scientists Have Reconstructed The Hearing Abilities Of Our Ancestors [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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, 1973. Effectiveness and Administration of the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (No. 088970). 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
Wignall, J., 2013. No longer in the shadows: Identity, citizenship, and belonging among undocumented college students in Southern California (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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
Montague, J., 2017. Door Opens to Hinterlands of Soccer. New York Times B10.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Stuart, 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Shinbrot and Muzzio, 2001; Stuart, 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Shinbrot and Muzzio, 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (O’Brien et al., 2000)

About the journal

Full journal titleEuropean Journal of Cell Biology
AbbreviationEur. J. Cell Biol.
ISSN (print)0171-9335
ScopeCell Biology
General Medicine
Pathology and Forensic Medicine

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