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
Murphy KM (2011) Comment on “Activation of β-catenin in dendritic cells regulates immunity versus tolerance in the intestine.” Science 333:405; author reply 405
A journal article with 2 authors
Deplancke B, Verstrepen KJ (2012) Genetics. Variable outcome of mutations. Science 335:44–45
A journal article with 3 authors
Goddard MR, Godfray HCJ, Burt A (2005) Sex increases the efficacy of natural selection in experimental yeast populations. Nature 434:636–640
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Jasmin L, Rabkin SD, Granato A, et al (2003) Analgesia and hyperalgesia from GABA-mediated modulation of the cerebral cortex. Nature 424:316–320

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Grinshpan L (2012) Solving Enterprise Applications Performance Puzzles. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Di Battista T, Moreno E, Racugno W (eds) (2016) Topics on Methodological and Applied Statistical Inference. Springer International Publishing, Cham
A chapter in an edited book
Xiang Y, Peng D, Yang Z (2015) Dependent Component Analysis Using Precoding. In: Peng D, Yang Z (eds) Blind Source Separation: Dependent Component Analysis. Springer, Singapore, pp 73–90

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 D (2016) Will The Great Barrier Reef Recover From Its Worst-Ever Bleaching? 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 (1986) Defaulted Student Loans: Guaranty Agencies’ Collection Practices and Procedures. 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
Bai S (2008) Identification and Characterization of Senescence-Associated Proteins in Petunia Corollas. Doctoral dissertation, Ohio State University

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
Kishkovsky S (2000) Oleg Yefremov, 72, Moscow Theater Director. New York Times A11

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Murphy 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Murphy 2011; Deplancke and Verstrepen 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Deplancke and Verstrepen 2012)
  • Three or more authors: (Jasmin et al. 2003)

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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