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
Knight, J. (2003). Turning technology into gold. Nature 426, 708.
A journal article with 2 authors
KewalRamani, V. N. and Coffin, J. M. (2003). Virology. Weapons of mutational destruction. Science 301, 923–925.
A journal article with 3 authors
Raty, J.-Y., Schwegler, E. and Bonev, S. A. (2007). Electronic and structural transitions in dense liquid sodium. Nature 449, 448–451.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Sencan, I., Coskun, A. F., Sikora, U. and Ozcan, A. (2014). Spectral demultiplexing in holographic and fluorescent on-chip microscopy. Sci. Rep. 4, 3760.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Khanlari, R. and Fard, M. S. (2015). FIDIC Plant and Design-Build Form of Contract Illustrated. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Arts, B., Lagendijk, A. and Houtum, H. van eds. (2009). The Disoriented State: Shifts in Governmentality, Territoriality and Governance. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Everett, L. L. and Fuzaylov, G. (2008). Pediatric clinical challenges. In Handbook of Ambulatory Anesthesia (ed. Twersky, R. S.) and Philip, B. K.), pp. 96–114. New York, NY: 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
Davis, J. (2016). Newly Formulated Liquid Aspirin Claimed To Be Able To Pass Through Blood-Brain Barrier. 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 (1996). Corps of Engineers Electronic Signature System. 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
Zhu, Z. (2010). Financial restatements: Implications for management earnings forecasts.

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
Walsh, M. W. and Yaccino, S. (2013). In Embattled Detroit, No Talk of Sharing Pain Between Retirees and Bondholders. New York Times B1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Knight, 2003).
This sentence cites two references (KewalRamani and Coffin, 2003; Knight, 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (KewalRamani and Coffin, 2003)
  • Three or more authors: (Sencan et al., 2014)

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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