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
Meyer, E. (2015). Physics. Controlling friction atom by atom. Science 348, 1089.
A journal article with 2 authors
Feldl, N. and Bilham, R. (2006). Great Himalayan earthquakes and the Tibetan plateau. Nature 444, 165–170.
A journal article with 3 authors
Abelson, M., Baer, G. and Agnon, A. (2001). Evidence from gabbro of the Troodos ophiolite for lateral magma transport along a slow-spreading mid-ocean ridge. Nature 409, 72–75.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Ciocchi, S., Herry, C., Grenier, F., Wolff, S. B. E., Letzkus, J. J., Vlachos, I., Ehrlich, I., Sprengel, R., Deisseroth, K., Stadler, M. B., et al. (2010). Encoding of conditioned fear in central amygdala inhibitory circuits. Nature 468, 277–282.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
DiBattista, M. (2010). Novel Characters. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.
An edited book
Ramina, R., de Aguiar, P. H. P. and Tatagiba, M. eds. (2014). Samii’s Essentials in Neurosurgery. 2nd ed. 2014. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Costantini, S. (2015). ACE: A Flexible Environment for Complex Event Processing in Logical Agents. In Engineering Multi-Agent Systems: Third International Workshop, EMAS 2015, Istanbul, Turkey, May 5, 2015, Revised, Selected, and Invited Papers (ed. Baldoni, M.), Baresi, L.), and Dastani, M.), pp. 70–91. 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
Carpineti, A. (2016). This Distant Galaxy Is A Star-Forming Champion. 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 (1989). Railroad Safety: FRA Needs to Correct Deficiencies in Reporting Injuries and Accidents. 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
Alalshaikh, S. A. (2017). Leadership Styles in Saudi Arabian Universities: Comparison Based on Educational Background.

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
Greenhouse, L. (2007). Justices Reject Suit on Federal Money for Faith-Based Office. New York Times A18.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Meyer, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Feldl and Bilham, 2006; Meyer, 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Feldl and Bilham, 2006)
  • Three or more authors: (Ciocchi et al., 2010)

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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