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
Ma, X., 2015. Palaeontology: Hallucigenia’s head. Nature 523, 38–39.
A journal article with 2 authors
Karplus, P.A., Diederichs, K., 2012. Linking crystallographic model and data quality. Science 336, 1030–1033.
A journal article with 3 authors
Risk, J.M., Macknight, R.C., Day, C.L., 2008. FCA does not bind abscisic acid. Nature 456, E5-6.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Gomberg, J., Rubinstein, J.L., Peng, Z., Creager, K.C., Vidale, J.E., Bodin, P., 2008. Widespread triggering of nonvolcanic tremor in California. Science 319, 173.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Good, P.I., 2006. A Manager’s Guide to the Design and Conduct of Clinical Trials. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Tsai, M.-C., 2014. Robust and Optimal Control: A Two-port Framework Approach, Advances in Industrial Control. Springer, London.
A chapter in an edited book
Maffei, F.A., 2012. Assessment of Cardiovascular Function, in: Lucking, S.E., Maffei, F.A., Tamburro, R.F., Thomas, N.J. (Eds.), Pediatric Critical Care Study Guide: Text and Review. Springer, London, pp. 94–132.

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., 2013. Newly-Discovered Fossils Suggest That Big Cats Originated in Asia [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, 1986. The School Dropout Problem (No. 129915). 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
Winton, T.W., 2015. Student and Teacher Perceptions of Standards-based Grading and Student Performance (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
Williams, J., 2017. Updating DNA’s Life Story. New York Times BR4.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Russell, 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Hildebrandt, 2014; Kwok, 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Karplus and Diederichs, 2012)
  • Three or more authors: (Aragoneses 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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