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
Tyler, R.H., 2008. Strong ocean tidal flow and heating on moons of the outer planets. Nature 456, 770–772.
A journal article with 2 authors
Ghalambor, C.K., Martin, T.E., 2001. Fecundity-survival trade-offs and parental risk-taking in birds. Science 292, 494–497.
A journal article with 3 authors
Cusick, R.D., Kim, Y., Logan, B.E., 2012. Energy capture from thermolytic solutions in microbial reverse-electrodialysis cells. Science 335, 1474–1477.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Horsley, S.A.R., Hooper, I.R., Mitchell-Thomas, R.C., Quevedo-Teruel, O., 2014. Removing singular refractive indices with sculpted surfaces. Sci. Rep. 4, 4876.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bragg, S.M., 2010. Cost Reduction Analysis. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Wang, J., Xie, X. (Eds.), 2009. Mesenchymal Stem Cells for the Heart: From Bench to Bedside, Advanced Topics in Science and Technology in China. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Biscari, P., Saccomandi, G., Ruggeri, T., Vianello, M., 2013. Sistemi vincolati, in: Saccomandi, G., Ruggeri, T., Vianello, M. (Eds.), Meccanica Razionale, UNITEXT. Springer, Milano, pp. 47–74.

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
Hale, T., 2016. Scans Reveal Two New Hidden Rooms In The Great Pyramid Of Giza [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, 2004. Project SAFECOM: Key Cross-Agency Emergency Communications Effort Requires Stronger Collaboration (No. GAO-04-494). 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
Barger, B., 2014. A Quantitative Study of Educational Poverty, School Location, and Student Achievement Measured by the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) (Doctoral dissertation). Lindenwood University, St. Charles, MO.

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. A Storied Name in Soccer Faces an Uncertain Future. New York Times B7.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Tyler, 2008).
This sentence cites two references (Ghalambor and Martin, 2001; Tyler, 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Ghalambor and Martin, 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Horsley et al., 2014)

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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