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
Panksepp J. 2011. Behavior. Empathy and the laws of affect. Science 334(6061):1358–1359.
A journal article with 2 authors
Ćuk M, Stewart ST. 2012. Making the Moon from a fast-spinning Earth: a giant impact followed by resonant despinning. Science 338(6110):1047–1052.
A journal article with 3 authors
Bergmann DC, Lukowitz W, Somerville CR. 2004. Stomatal development and pattern controlled by a MAPKK kinase. Science 304(5676):1494–1497.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Yang B, Guo Q, Tremain B, Liu R, Barr LE, Yan Q, Gao W, Liu H, Xiang Y, Chen J, Fang C, Hibbins A, Lu L, Zhang S. 2018. Ideal Weyl points and helicoid surface states in artificial photonic crystal structures. Science 359(6379):1013–1016.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Daïan J-F. 2014. Equilibrium and Transfer in Porous Media 1. Chichester, UK:John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Stjepandić J, Wognum N, J.C. Verhagen W, editors. 2015. Concurrent Engineering in the 21st Century: Foundations, Developments and Challenges. Cham:Springer International Publishing. XIX, 839 p. 302 illus p.
A chapter in an edited book
Murthy DNP, Jack N. 2014. Introduction to Stochastic Optimisation and Game Theory. In: Jack N, editor. Extended Warranties, Maintenance Service and Lease Contracts: Modeling and Analysis for Decision-Making. London:Springer. p 77–87.

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. 2002.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Luvani KD. 2017.

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
Feeney K. 2009. 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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