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
Castro Neto AH (2011) Physics. Another spin on graphene. Science 332:315–316
A journal article with 2 authors
Friedrich MW, Finster KW (2014) Geochemistry. How sulfur beats iron. Science 344:974–975
A journal article with 3 authors
Zabow G, Dodd SJ, Koretsky AP (2015) Shape-changing magnetic assemblies as high-sensitivity NMR-readable nanoprobes. Nature 520:73–77
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Falkovich G, Weinberg A, Denissenko P, Lukaschuk S (2005) Surface tension: floater clustering in a standing wave. Nature 435:1045–1046

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Dunlop J, Girma D, Irvine J (2013) Digital Mobile Communications and the Tetra System. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., West Sussex, England
An edited book
Aggarwal PK, Gat JR, Froehlich KFO (eds) (2005) Isotopes in the Water Cycle: Past, Present and Future of a Developing Science. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht
A chapter in an edited book
Loranc-Paszylk B (2015) The Foreign Language Classroom in the New Media Age: Videoconferencing and Negotiated Interaction Among L2 Learners. In: Piasecka L, Adams-Tukiendorf M, Wilk P (eds) New Media and Perennial Problems in Foreign Language Learning and Teaching. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp 57–71

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
Hale T (2015) 211 New Species Discovered In The Himalayas. 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 (1992) General Services Issues. 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
Rosenberg EL (2010) Learning to live: The clinical importance of first-person accounts of recovery from anorexia nervosa. Doctoral dissertation, Pacifica Graduate Institute

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
Greenhouse L (2007) Justices Hear Arguments on Internet Pornography Law. New York Times A18

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Castro Neto 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Castro Neto 2011; Friedrich and Finster 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Friedrich and Finster 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Falkovich et al. 2005)

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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