How to format your references using the In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology - Animal citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology - Animal. 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
Sharma P (2005) Physics. How to create a spin current. Science 307:531–533
A journal article with 2 authors
Reyes CL, Chang G (2005) Structure of the ABC transporter MsbA in complex with ADP.vanadate and lipopolysaccharide. Science 308:1028–1031
A journal article with 3 authors
Meza LR, Das S, Greer JR (2014) Strong, lightweight, and recoverable three-dimensional ceramic nanolattices. Science 345:1322–1326
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Diu T, Faruqui N, Sjöström T, et al (2014) Cicada-inspired cell-instructive nanopatterned arrays. Sci Rep 4:7122

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
O’Malley C (2014) Bonds Without Borders. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK
An edited book
Ani Hsieh M, Chirikjian G (eds) (2014) Distributed Autonomous Robotic Systems: The 11th International Symposium. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Kontio J, Bragge J, Lehtola L (2008) The Focus Group Method as an Empirical Tool in Software Engineering. In: Shull F, Singer J, Sjøberg DIK (eds) Guide to Advanced Empirical Software Engineering. Springer, London, pp 93–116

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 In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology - Animal.

Blog post
Andrews R (2017) “All Of Science Is A Metaphor”: Deepak Chopra’s Curious Interview With IFLScience. 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 (1988) Issues Related to an Independent FAA. 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
Mace JY (2014) Rupturing the “reality” of reality TV: Contemporary video artists examining the discursive effects of the reality TV phenomenon. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach

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
Urbina I (2015) Tricked While on Land, Abused or Killed at Sea. 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 (Sharma 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Sharma 2005; Reyes and Chang 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Reyes and Chang 2005)
  • Three or more authors: (Diu et al. 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleIn Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology - Animal
AbbreviationIn Vitro Cell. Dev. Biol. Anim.
ISSN (print)1071-2690
ISSN (online)1543-706X
ScopeCell Biology
Developmental Biology
General Medicine

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