How to format your references using the Histochemistry and Cell Biology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Histochemistry and 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
Supari SF (2007) Q&A: Siti Fadilah Supari. Interviewed by Declan Butler. Nature 450:1137
A journal article with 2 authors
Chen WP, Brudzinski MR (2001) Evidence for a large-scale remnant of subducted lithosphere beneath Fiji. Science 292:2475–2479
A journal article with 3 authors
Jung H, Green HW II, Dobrzhinetskaya LF (2004) Intermediate-depth earthquake faulting by dehydration embrittlement with negative volume change. Nature 428:545–549
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Jablonski D, Roy K, Valentine JW, et al (2003) The impact of the pull of the recent on the history of marine diversity. Science 300:1133–1135

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Smith CL (2009) Basic Process Measurements. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Kolvekar S, Pilegaard H (eds) (2016) Chest Wall Deformities and Corrective Procedures. Springer International Publishing, Cham
A chapter in an edited book
Beck AM, Robinson JW (2015) Sexual Resilience in Couples. In: Skerrett K, Fergus K (eds) Couple Resilience: Emerging Perspectives. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, pp 63–82

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 Histochemistry and Cell Biology.

Blog post
Andrew E (2015) Sino-Tibetan Populations Shed Light On Human Cooperation. In: IFLScience. Accessed 30 Oct 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) Federal Communications Commission: Federal Advisory Committees Follow Requirements, but FCC Should Improve Its Process for Appointing Committee Members. 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
Ford VF (2012) An Exploratory Investigation of the Relationship between Turnover Intentions, Work Exhaustion and Disengagement among IT Professionals in a Single Institution of Higher Education in a Major Metropolitan Area. Doctoral dissertation, George Washington University

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
Kishkovsky S (2006) <hl2 class=. New York Times AR1

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Supari 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Chen and Brudzinski 2001; Supari 2007).

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

  • Two authors: (Chen and Brudzinski 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Jablonski et al. 2003)

About the journal

Full journal titleHistochemistry and Cell Biology
AbbreviationHistochem. Cell Biol.
ISSN (print)0948-6143
ISSN (online)1432-119X
ScopeCell Biology
Molecular Biology
Medical Laboratory Technology

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