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
Albrecht M (2009) Chemistry. Carbenes in action. Science 326:532–533
A journal article with 2 authors
Kawakatsu H, Watada S (2007) Seismic evidence for deep-water transportation in the mantle. Science 316:1468–1471
A journal article with 3 authors
Mahadevan A, Thomas LN, Tandon A (2008) Comment on “Eddy/wind interactions stimulate extraordinary mid-ocean plankton blooms.” Science 320:448; author reply 448
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Stimpert AK, DeRuiter SL, Southall BL, et al (2014) Acoustic and foraging behavior of a Baird’s beaked whale, Berardius bairdii, exposed to simulated sonar. Sci Rep 4:7031

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bolstad WM (2009) Understanding Computational Bayesian Statistics. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Gravemeijer K (2016) Measurement and Geometry in Upper Primary School. SensePublishers, Rotterdam
A chapter in an edited book
Jia Y, Özer MM, Weitering HH, Zhang Z (2011) Quantum Size Effects in the Growth and Properties of Ultrathin Metal Films, Alloys, and Related Low-Dimensional Structures. In: Michailov M (ed) Nanophenomena at Surfaces: Fundamentals of Exotic Condensed Matter Properties. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 67–112

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) Diet Drinks Linked To Expanding Waistlines In Older Adults. 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 (2014) Nanomanufacturing and U.S. Competitiveness: Challenges and Opportunities. 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
Robinson AC (2017) A Geophysical and Geological Characterization of the Bonanza 3D Survey, Claiborne Group, Saint Landry and Evangeline Parishes, Louisiana. Doctoral dissertation, University of Louisiana

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
Shpigel B (2016) Taking Twisted Turns. New York Times SP7

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Albrecht 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Kawakatsu and Watada 2007; Albrecht 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Kawakatsu and Watada 2007)
  • Three or more authors: (Stimpert et al. 2014)

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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