How to format your references using the Human Cell citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Human Cell. 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
1. Solomon S. The hole truth. Nature. 2004;427:289–91.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. Smit B, Maesen TLM. Towards a molecular understanding of shape selectivity. Nature. 2008;451:671–8.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. O’D Alexander CM, Boss AP, Carlson RW. The early evolution of the inner solar system: a meteoritic perspective. Science. 2001;293:64–8.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
1. Yokoya T, Nakamura T, Matsushita T, Muro T, Takano Y, Nagao M, et al. Origin of the metallic properties of heavily boron-doped superconducting diamond. Nature. 2005;438:647–50.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. Dudbridge M. Handbook of Seal Integrity in the Food Industry. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd; 2016.
An edited book
1. Vouros G, Artikis A, Stathis K, Pitt J, editors. Organized Adaption in Multi-Agent Systems: First International Workshop, OAMAS 2008, Estoril, Portugal, May 13, 2008. Revised and Invited Papers. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2009.
A chapter in an edited book
1. Guo Z, Lamb S. A Review of Current Practice in China. In: Lamb S, editor. International Comparisons of China’s Technical and Vocational Education and Training System. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands; 2010. p. 55–73.

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 Human Cell.

Blog post
1. Andrew E. Forget Fukushima: Chernobyl Still Holds Record As Worst Nuclear Accident For Public Health [Internet]. IFLScience. IFLScience; 2016 [cited 2018 Oct 30]. Available from: https://www.iflscience.com/environment/forget-fukushima-chernobyl-still-holds-record-worst-nuclear-accident-public-health/

Reports

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
1. Government Accountability Office. Coast Guard Programs: Relationship between Resources Used and Results Achieved Needs to Be Clearer. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 2004 Mar. Report No.: GAO-04-432.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
1. Chan BK. Hyperboloid-Parameterized Description of Diffusive Superconducting-Magnetic Hybrid Systems [Doctoral dissertation]. [Long Beach, CA]: California State University, Long Beach; 2017.

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
1. Slotnik DE. Bobby Taylor, Who Encouraged Jackson 5. New York Times. 2017 Aug 4;B11.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [1].
This sentence cites two references [1,2].
This sentence cites four references [1–4].

About the journal

Full journal titleHuman Cell
AbbreviationHum. Cell
ISSN (online)1749-0774
ScopeCancer Research
Cell Biology
General Medicine

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