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
Nasmyth, K., 2002. Segregating sister genomes: the molecular biology of chromosome separation. Science 297, 559–565.
A journal article with 2 authors
Padian, K., Dial, K.P., 2005. Origin of flight: Could “four-winged” dinosaurs fly? Nature 438, E3; discussion E3-4.
A journal article with 3 authors
Neutel, A.-M., Heesterbeek, J.A.P., De Ruiter, P.C., 2002. Stability in real food webs: weak links in long loops. Science 296, 1120–1123.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Zhou, J., Long, S., Wang, Q., Dinsmore, A.D., 2006. Measurement of forces inside a three-dimensional pile of frictionless droplets. Science 312, 1631–1633.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Paschedag, A.R., 2004. CFD in der Verfahrenstechnik. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, FRG.
An edited book
Gronau, H.-D., Langmann, H.-H., Schleicher, D. (Eds.), 2011. 50th IMO - 50 Years of International Mathematical Olympiads. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Bhidayasiri, R., Tarsy, D., 2012. Tremor-Dominant Parkinson’s Disease, in: Tarsy, D. (Ed.), Movement Disorders: A Video Atlas: A Video Atlas. Humana Press, Totowa, NJ, pp. 8–9.

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
Andrew, E., 2014. Huge Gas Clouds Discovered Orbiting Black Holes [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, 1998. Year 2000 Computing Crisis: Updated Status of Department of Education’s Information Systems (No. T-AIMD-99-8). 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
Meaux, B., 2015. Effect of Formation Deformation on Casing Standoff in Highly Deviated and Horizontal Wells (Doctoral dissertation). University of Louisiana, Lafayette, LA.

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
Brantley, B., 2017. A Woman’s Fortune, and Her Ruin. New York Times C5.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Nasmyth, 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Nasmyth, 2002; Padian and Dial, 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Padian and Dial, 2005)
  • Three or more authors: (Zhou et al., 2006)

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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