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
Meijer D (2009) Neuroscience. Went fishing, caught a snake. Science 325:1353–1354
A journal article with 2 authors
Blondin JM, Mezzacappa A (2007) Pulsar spins from an instability in the accretion shock of supernovae. Nature 445:58–60
A journal article with 3 authors
Martini IB, Barthel ER, Schwartz BJ (2001) Optical control of electrons during electron transfer. Science 293:462–465
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Sun Y, Zhang W, Xing Y, et al (2014) High temperature superconducting FeSe films on SrTiO3 substrates. Sci Rep 4:6040

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Harrington PJ (2010) Pharmaceutical Process Chemistry for Synthesis. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Bosschere KD, Kaeli D, Stenström P, et al (eds) (2007) High Performance Embedded Architectures and Compilers: Second International Conference, HiPEAC 2007, Ghent, Belgium, January 28-30, 2007. Proceedings. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Barton J, Parolin B, Weiley V (2005) A Spatial Decision Support System for the Management of Public Housing. In: Leeuwen JPV, Timmermans HJP (eds) Recent Advances in Design and Decision Support Systems in Architecture and Urban Planning. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, pp 69–84

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
Luntz S (2015) Astronomers Track Birth Of A Giant. 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 (2017) 2015 Electronically Controlled Pneumatic Brake Rule: Comparison of DOT Forecasts for Selected Data Points for 2015 and 2016 to Preliminary Data for Those Years. 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
Cooper JB (2008) Examining the relationship between grade configuration and teachers’ perceptions of working conditions in public K–8 schools and middle schools in North Carolina. Doctoral dissertation, University of North Carolina

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
Pilon M (2012) Tae Kwon Do Issue Gets Britain’s Attention. New York Times B14

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Meijer 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Blondin and Mezzacappa 2007; Meijer 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Blondin and Mezzacappa 2007)
  • Three or more authors: (Sun 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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