How to format your references using the Journal of Cell Science citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Cell Science. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
Benkler, Y. (2004). Intellectual property. Commons-based strategies and the problems of patents. Science 305, 1110–1111.
A journal article with 2 authors
Grodzinsky, Y. and Nelken, I. (2014). Neuroscience. The neural code that makes us human. Science 343, 978–979.
A journal article with 3 authors
Naya, Y., Yoshida, M. and Miyashita, Y. (2001). Backward spreading of memory-retrieval signal in the primate temporal cortex. Science 291, 661–664.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Alam, M. A., Smith, R. K., Weir, B. E. and Silverman, P. J. (2002). Thin dielectric films: Uncorrelated breakdown of integrated circuits. Nature 420, 378.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Carne, E. B. (2011). Connections for the Digital Age. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Zain, J. M., Wan Mohd, W. M. bt and El-Qawasmeh, E. eds. (2011). Software Engineering and Computer Systems: Second International Conference, ICSECS 2011, Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia, June 27-29, 2011, Proceedings, Part II. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Le Cadre, H., Bouhtou, M. and Tuffin, B. (2009). A Pricing Model for a Mobile Network Operator Sharing Limited Resource with a Mobile Virtual Network Operator. In Network Economics for Next Generation Networks: 6th International Workshop on Internet Charging and Qos Technologies, ICQT 2009, Aachen, Germany, May 11-15, 2009. Proceedings (ed. Reichl, P.), Stiller, B.), and Tuffin, B.), pp. 24–35. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.

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 Science.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015). Meet The Super Salamander, Who Very Nearly Ate Your Ancestors For Breakfast. IFLScience.


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). Aviation Safety: FAA Has Increased Efforts to Address Runway Incursions. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Lewis, P. A. (2012). Love and hate: The study of school principals moving from job motivation to job frustration.

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
Hirsch, G. A. (2013). Building Their Sport Stride By Stride. New York Times B15.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Benkler, 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Benkler, 2004; Grodzinsky and Nelken, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Grodzinsky and Nelken, 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Alam et al., 2002)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Cell Science
AbbreviationJ. Cell Sci.
ISSN (print)0021-9533
ISSN (online)1477-9137
ScopeCell Biology

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