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
Howard, A. W. (2013). Observed properties of extrasolar planets. Science 340, 572–576.
A journal article with 2 authors
Tomasello, M. and Call, J. (2011). Methodological challenges in the study of primate cognition. Science 334, 1227–1228.
A journal article with 3 authors
Pearson, D. G., Parman, S. W. and Nowell, G. M. (2007). A link between large mantle melting events and continent growth seen in osmium isotopes. Nature 449, 202–205.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Morel, C. M., Touré, Y. T., Dobrokhotov, B. and Oduola, A. M. J. (2002). The mosquito genome--a breakthrough for public health. Science 298, 79.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Benslama, M., Boucenna, M. L. and Batatia, H. (2015). Ad Hoc Networks Telecommunications and Game Theory. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Chakraborti, S. and Dhalla, N. S. eds. (2013). Proteases in Health and Disease. New York, NY: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Antonelli, M., Ducange, P. and Marcelloni, F. (2013). Feature Selection Based on Fuzzy Mutual Information. In Fuzzy Logic and Applications: 10th International Workshop, WILF 2013, Genoa, Italy, November 19-22, 2013. Proceedings (ed. Masulli, F.), Pasi, G.), and Yager, R.), pp. 36–43. Cham: Springer International Publishing.

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
Andrews, R. (2017). Rubber Algae Used To Create Artificial Reef In The Mediterranean. 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 (2001). FTS2001: Transition Challenges Jeopardize Program Goals. 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
Hitchings, J. D. (2008). Teachers’ perceptions of evidence-based decision making: A case study of three schools in British Columbia.

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
Grynbaum, M. M. (2017). MSNBC Surges to an Unfamiliar Spot: No. 1. New York Times B3.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Howard, 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Howard, 2013; Tomasello and Call, 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Tomasello and Call, 2011)
  • Three or more authors: (Morel 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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