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
Lamb S (2001) Walking with producers. Nature 412:277
A journal article with 2 authors
Lyon BE, Eadie JM (2004) An obligate brood parasite trapped in the intraspecific arms race of its hosts. Nature 432:390–393
A journal article with 3 authors
Anderson JS, Rittle J, Peters JC (2013) Catalytic conversion of nitrogen to ammonia by an iron model complex. Nature 501:84–87
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Woods GL, White KL, Vanderwall DK, et al (2003) A mule cloned from fetal cells by nuclear transfer. Science 301:1063

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bonnini S, Corain L, Marozzi M, Salmaso L (2014) Nonparametric Hypothesis Testing: Rank and Permutation Methods with Applications in R. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK
An edited book
Suzuki O (2005) Drugs and Poisons in Humans: A Handbook of Practical Analysis. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Dimaras H, Gallie BL (2010) Genetics of Retinoblastoma and Genetic Counseling. In: Rodriguez-Galindo C, Wilson MW (eds) Retinoblastoma. Springer US, Boston, MA, pp 41–54

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
Davis J (2015) Structures In Fossil Dinosaurs Confirmed To Be Animal Pigments. 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 (1996) Economic Espionage: Information on Threat From U.S. Allies. 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
Heffner MD (2017) Informing Decision-Making for Derailments Involving Hazmat: An Analysis of Phmsa Train Accident Data. 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
Kishkovsky S (2012) Evolving Russia Finds a Recorder Of Its Moment. New York Times AR26

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Lamb 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Lamb 2001; Lyon and Eadie 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Lyon and Eadie 2004)
  • Three or more authors: (Woods 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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