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
Brownlee M (2001) Biochemistry and molecular cell biology of diabetic complications. Nature 414:813–820
A journal article with 2 authors
Navarro A, Barton NH (2003) Chromosomal speciation and molecular divergence--accelerated evolution in rearranged chromosomes. Science 300:321–324
A journal article with 3 authors
Schmidt WH, Houang R, Cogan LS (2011) Education. Preparing future math teachers. Science 332:1266–1267
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Acharya SA, Portman A, Salazar CS, Schmidt JJ (2013) Hydrogel-stabilized droplet bilayers for high speed solution exchange. Sci Rep 3:3139

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Walker M (2013) Happy-People-Pills For All. Wiley Blackwell, Oxford, UK
An edited book
Paneni F (2015) Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease: A Guide to Clinical Management. Springer International Publishing, Cham
A chapter in an edited book
Kim CH, Quisquater J-J (2008) New Differential Fault Analysis on AES Key Schedule: Two Faults Are Enough. In: Grimaud G, Standaert F-X (eds) Smart Card Research and Advanced Applications: 8th IFIP WG 8.8/11.2 International Conference, CARDIS 2008, London, UK, September 8-11, 2008. Proceedings. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 48–60

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
Andrews R (2016) Hundreds Of Ancient Human Footprints Found In 19,000-Year-Old Volcanic Ash. 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 (2002) Space Transportation: Challenges Facing NASA’s Space Launch Initiative. 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
Tajer SA (2010) Topics in MIMO networks. Doctoral dissertation, Columbia 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
Galani U, Hay G (2009) Helping Dubai, but Only So Far. New York Times B2

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Brownlee 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Brownlee 2001; Navarro and Barton 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Navarro and Barton 2003)
  • Three or more authors: (Acharya et al. 2013)

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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