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
van den Heuvel EPJ (2008) Astronomy. An eccentric pulsar: result of a threesome? Science 320:1298–1299
A journal article with 2 authors
Xiong W, Ferrell JE Jr (2003) A positive-feedback-based bistable “memory module” that governs a cell fate decision. Nature 426:460–465
A journal article with 3 authors
Shin C, Feng Y, Manley JL (2004) Dephosphorylated SRp38 acts as a splicing repressor in response to heat shock. Nature 427:553–558
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Prockter LM, Ernst CM, Denevi BW, et al (2010) Evidence for young volcanism on Mercury from the third MESSENGER flyby. Science 329:668–671

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Cannon CM (2011) An Executive’s Guide to Fundraising Operations. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Bach V, Delle Site L (eds) (2014) Many-Electron Approaches in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics: A Multidisciplinary View. Springer International Publishing, Cham
A chapter in an edited book
Meiländer D, Bucchiarone A, Cappiello C, et al (2012) Using a Lifecycle Model for Developing and Executing Real-Time Online Applications on Clouds. In: Pallis G, Jmaiel M, Charfi A, et al. (eds) Service-Oriented Computing - ICSOC 2011 Workshops: ICSOC 2011, International Workshops WESOA, NFPSLAM-SOC, and Satellite Events, Paphos, Cyprus, December 5-8, 2011. Revised Selected Papers. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 33–43

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
Fang J (2015) World’s Oldest Broken Bone Pushes Back Our Transition to Land by Two Million Years. 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 (2015) Information Technology: Library of Congress Needs to Implement Recommendations to Address Management Weaknesses. 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
Shakya S (2013) Characterization of Interaction of Calmodulin and its Chimeras with Orai1. Doctoral dissertation, Southern Illinois 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
Walsh MW, Schoenfeld A (2010) Padded Pensions Add to New York Fiscal Woes. New York Times A1

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (van den Heuvel 2008).
This sentence cites two references (Xiong and Ferrell 2003; van den Heuvel 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Xiong and Ferrell 2003)
  • Three or more authors: (Prockter et al. 2010)

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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