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
Li WKW. 2002. Macroecological patterns of phytoplankton in the northwestern North Atlantic Ocean. Nature 419(6903):154–157.
A journal article with 2 authors
Bell JJ, Bhandoola A. 2008. The earliest thymic progenitors for T cells possess myeloid lineage potential. Nature 452(7188):764–767.
A journal article with 3 authors
Baugh LR, Demodena J, Sternberg PW. 2009. RNA Pol II accumulates at promoters of growth genes during developmental arrest. Science 324(5923):92–94.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Cohen O, Bartal G, Buljan H, Carmon T, Fleischer JW, Segev M, Christodoulides DN. 2005. Observation of random-phase lattice solitons. Nature 433(7025):500–503.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Shand MA. 2006. The Chemistry and Technology of Magnesia. Hoboken, NJ:John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Wu W, editor. 2015. Recent Advances in Modeling Landslides and Debris Flows. Cham:Springer International Publishing. X, 323 p. 173 illus., 58 illus. in color p.
A chapter in an edited book
Bari ATMG, Reaz MR, Choi H-J, Jeong B-S. 2013. DNA Encoding for Splice Site Prediction in Large DNA Sequence. In: Hong B, Meng X, Chen L, Winiwarter W, Song W, editors. Database Systems for Advanced Applications: 18th International Conference, DASFAA 2013, International Workshops: BDMA, SNSM, SeCoP, Wuhan, China, April 22-25, 2013. Proceedings. Berlin, Heidelberg:Springer. p 46–58.

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.


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. 2016.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Harvey SL. 2012.

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
Koblin J. 2016. 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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