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
Bowerman B (2005) Cell biology. Oxidative stress and cancer: a beta-catenin convergence. Science 308:1119–1120
A journal article with 2 authors
Rosenkranz JA, Grace AA (2002) Dopamine-mediated modulation of odour-evoked amygdala potentials during pavlovian conditioning. Nature 417:282–287
A journal article with 3 authors
Prahlad V, Pilgrim D, Goodwin EB (2003) Roles for mating and environment in C. elegans sex determination. Science 302:1046–1049
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Krieger UK, Huthwelker T, Daniel C, et al (2002) Rutherford backscattering to study the near-surface region of volatile liquids and solids. Science 295:1048–1050

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Moeller RR (2013) Executive’s Guide to IT Governance. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Surminski S, Tanner T (eds) (2016) Realising the “Triple Dividend of Resilience”: A New Business Case for Disaster Risk Management. Springer International Publishing, Cham
A chapter in an edited book
Zheng H, Feng X-T, Chen Z, et al (2015) ISRM Suggested Method for Reporting Rock Laboratory Test Data in Electronic Format. In: Ulusay R (ed) The ISRM Suggested Methods for Rock Characterization, Testing and Monitoring: 2007-2014. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp 57–94

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) Dolphins Use Sponges To Access Novel Food Sources. 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 (1989) Strategic Bombers: Logistics Decisions Impede B-1B Readiness and Supportability. 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
Templeton TH (2017) The Impact of Emergent Information and Communication Technology on Peacebuilding. Doctoral dissertation, George Washington 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
Sisario B (2017) Verses of Civil Rights Anthem ‘We Shall Overcome’ Are Ruled Not Under Copyright. New York Times B5

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Bowerman 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Rosenkranz and Grace 2002; Bowerman 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Rosenkranz and Grace 2002)
  • Three or more authors: (Krieger et al. 2002)

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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