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. 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
Trainor P (2003) Development. The bills of qucks and duails. Science 299:523–524
A journal article with 2 authors
Sugavaneshwar RP, Nanda KK (2013) Uninterrupted and reusable source for the controlled growth of nanowires. Sci Rep 3:1172
A journal article with 3 authors
Gagneux P, Moore JJ, Varki A (2005) The ethics of research on great apes. Nature 437:27–29
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Zhong H-X, Shi J-J, Zhang M, et al (2014) Reducing Mg acceptor activation-energy in Al(0.83)Ga(0.17)N disorder alloy substituted by nanoscale (AlN)₅/(GaN)₁ superlattice using Mg(Ga) δ-doping: Mg local-structure effect. Sci Rep 4:6710

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Davey KJ (2014) Building Winning Algorithmic Trading Systems. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Handa H, Ishibuchi H, Ong Y-S, Tan KC (eds) (2015) Proceedings of the 18th Asia Pacific Symposium on Intelligent and Evolutionary Systems, Volume 1. Springer International Publishing, Cham
A chapter in an edited book
Farley R, Wang X (2009) Roving Bugnet: Distributed Surveillance Threat and Mitigation. In: Gritzalis D, Lopez J (eds) Emerging Challenges for Security, Privacy and Trust: 24th IFIP TC 11 International Information Security Conference, SEC 2009, Pafos, Cyprus, May 18–20, 2009. Proceedings. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 39–50

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
Andrew E (2014) Superhydrophobic Material Developed That Makes Water Bounce Like A Ball. 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 (2008) Telecommunications: Survey of State Regulatory Commissions (GAO-08-662SP, June 2008), an E-supplement to GAO-08-633. 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
Datta A (2017) Speech Synthesis Using Unsupervised Learning. 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
Horowitz J, Alderman L (2017) Angry at E.U., Greece Warms to China’s Cash. 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 (Trainor 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Trainor 2003; Sugavaneshwar and Nanda 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Sugavaneshwar and Nanda 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Zhong et al. 2014)

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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