How to format your references using the Journal of Cellular Biochemistry citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Cellular Biochemistry (JCB). 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
DeWeerdt S. 2012. Psychodermatology: An emotional response. Nature 492(7429):S62-3.
A journal article with 2 authors
Ren W, Cheng H-M. 2013. Materials science: when two is better than one. Nature 497(7450):448–449.
A journal article with 3 authors
Zwerger M, Briegel HJ, Dür W. 2014. Hybrid architecture for encoded measurement-based quantum computation. Sci Rep 4:5364.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Lauhon LJ, Gudiksen MS, Wang D, Lieber CM. 2002. Epitaxial core-shell and core-multishell nanowire heterostructures. Nature 420(6911):57–61.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
MacIsaac B, Langton R. 2011. Gas Turbine Propulsion Systems. Chichester, UK:John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Capello R. 2011. Globalization and Regional Growth in Europe: Past Trends and Future Scenarios. Berlin, Heidelberg:Springer. XXII, 342 p p.
A chapter in an edited book
Hamida ST-B, Ahmed B, Cvetkovic D, Jovanov E, Kennedy G, Penzel T. 2015. A New Era in Sleep Monitoring: The Application of Mobile Technologies in Insomnia Diagnosis. In: Adibi S, editor. Mobile Health: A Technology Road Map. Cham:Springer International Publishing. p 101–127.

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 Cellular Biochemistry.

Blog post
Andrew E. 2016. IFLScience. Accessed October 30, 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. 2006.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Torres-Partida A. 2014.

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
Pilon M. 2012. New York Times.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Cellular Biochemistry
ISSN (print)0730-2312
ISSN (online)1097-4644

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