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
Whipple FL. 2000. ESSAYS ON SCIENCE AND SOCIETY: Of Comets and Meteors. Science 289(5480):728.
A journal article with 2 authors
Ito T, Handa H. 2015. Myeloid disease: Another action of a thalidomide derivative. Nature 523(7559):167–168.
A journal article with 3 authors
Luo Y, Yang Y, Chen Z. 2014. Self-tuning wireless power transmission scheme based on on-line scattering parameters measurement and two-side power matching. Sci Rep 4:4332.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Weber T, Giessen H, Weckenbrock M, Urbasch G, Staudte A, Spielberger L, Jagutzki O, Mergel V V, Vollmer M, Dorner R. 2000. Correlated electron emission in multiphoton double ionization. Nature 405(6787):658–661.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bhaskar K, Varadan Retd. TK. 2014. Plates. Chichester, UK:John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Lei L. 2015. Stochastic Petri Nets for Wireless Networks. Cham:Springer International Publishing. XIV, 101 p. 26 illus p.
A chapter in an edited book
Theodorou MK, Brookman J, Trinci APJ. 2005. Anaerobic fungi. In: Makkar HPS, McSweeney CS, editors. Methods in Gut Microbial Ecology for Ruminants. Dordrecht:Springer Netherlands. p 55–66.

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
Andrews R. 2015. 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. 2011.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Spanier AJ. 2008.

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
Williams J. 2017. 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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