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 (Histochem Cell Biol). 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
Blumberg BS (2008) Obituary: Joshua Lederberg (1925-2008). Nature 452:422
A journal article with 2 authors
Cuervo R, Chimal-Monroy J (2013) Chemical activation of RARβ induces post-embryonically bilateral limb duplication during Xenopus limb regeneration. Sci Rep 3:1886
A journal article with 3 authors
Baer B, Armitage SAO, Boomsma JJ (2006) Sperm storage induces an immunity cost in ants. Nature 441:872–875
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Christlieb N, Bessell MS, Beers TC, et al (2002) A stellar relic from the early Milky Way. Nature 419:904–906

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Brown M, Cutler TJ (2012) Haematology Nursing. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., West Sussex, UK
An edited book
Whitacre DM (ed) (2015) Reviews of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology Volume 235. Springer International Publishing, Cham
A chapter in an edited book
Waheeb W, Ghazali R (2016) Multi-step Time Series Forecasting Using Ridge Polynomial Neural Network with Error-Output Feedbacks. In: Berry MW, Hj. Mohamed A, Yap BW (eds) Soft Computing in Data Science: Second International Conference, SCDS 2016, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, September 21-22, 2016, Proceedings. Springer, Singapore, pp 48–58

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) Astronauts Test Underwater Virtual Reality Technology From Microsoft. 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 (1983) Financial Operations and Activities at Three State-Chartered Agencies in Western Kentucky. 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
Magallanes J (2014) Experiences with formal and informal support: A case study of a female-to-male transgender individual. Doctoral dissertation, Pepperdine 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
Rothenberg B (2017) Win Doesn’t Quiet Talk Over a Suspicious Loss. New York Times SP5

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Brower 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Smaglik 2004; Cyranoski 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Cuervo and Chimal-Monroy 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Chen et al. 2007)

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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