How to format your references using the Journal of Cell Communication and Signaling citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Cell Communication and Signaling (J. Cell Commun. Signal.). 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
Bhutta ZA (2014) Infectious disease: Polio eradication hinges on child health in Pakistan. Nature 511:285–287
A journal article with 2 authors
Allman ES, Rhodes JA (2010) Evolution. Trees, fast and accurate. Science 327:1334–1335
A journal article with 3 authors
Lutz W, Cuaresma JC, Sanderson W (2008) Economics. The demography of educational attainment and economic growth. Science 319:1047–1048
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Grossman SR, Shlyakhter I, Karlsson EK, et al (2010) A composite of multiple signals distinguishes causal variants in regions of positive selection. Science 327:883–886

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Gaffikin F, Morrissey M (2011) Planning in Divided Cities: Collaborative Shaping of Contested Space. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK
An edited book
Lumley JSP, Hoballah JJ (eds) (2009) Vascular Surgery. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Rosendorff C (2006) Vascular Function. In: Rosendorff C (ed) Essential Cardiology: Principles and Practice. Humana Press, Totowa, NJ, pp 55–76

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 Journal of Cell Communication and Signaling.

Blog post
Carpineti C (2016) What Actually IS An Orgasm? 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 (1980) Use of Computers by Firms Providing Architect-Engineer Services to Federal Agencies. 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
Nonu ME (2017) Eagle Lake Climate Change during the Holocene and during the Last 100 Years. 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
Barron J (2017) Harlem Rezoning Proposal Would Create Memorial To African Burial Ground. New York Times A28

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Hill 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Slivan 2002; Watanabe 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Allman and Rhodes 2010)
  • Three or more authors: (Pang et al. 2011)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Cell Communication and Signaling
AbbreviationJ. Cell Commun. Signal.
ISSN (print)1873-9601
ISSN (online)1873-961X
Cell Biology
Molecular Biology

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