How to format your references using the Progress in Histochemistry and Cytochemistry citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Progress in Histochemistry and Cytochemistry. 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
D.L. Theobald, A formal test of the theory of universal common ancestry, Nature. 465 (2010) 219–222.
A journal article with 2 authors
A.L. Davidson, J. Chen, Structural biology. Flipping lipids: is the third time the charm?, Science. 308 (2005) 963–965.
A journal article with 3 authors
A.M. George, J. Iñiguez, L. Bellaiche, Anomalous properties in ferroelectrics induced by atomic ordering, Nature. 413 (2001) 54–57.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
J. Song, C. Chen, S. Zhu, M. Zhu, J. Dai, U. Ray, Y. Li, Y. Kuang, Y. Li, N. Quispe, Y. Yao, A. Gong, U.H. Leiste, H.A. Bruck, J.Y. Zhu, A. Vellore, H. Li, M.L. Minus, Z. Jia, A. Martini, T. Li, L. Hu, Processing bulk natural wood into a high-performance structural material, Nature. 554 (2018) 224–228.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
C. Matthews, A Practical Guide to Engineering Failure Investigation, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 1998.
An edited book
G. Brat, N. Rungta, A. Venet, eds., NASA Formal Methods: 5th International Symposium, NFM 2013, Moffett Field, CA, USA, May 14-16, 2013. Proceedings, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
V. Stelzer, A. Quintero, Climate Change Impacts on the Energy Sector and Adaptation Options, in: K. Krellenberg, B. Hansjürgens (Eds.), Climate Adaptation Santiago, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2014: pp. 81–105.

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 Progress in Histochemistry and Cytochemistry.

Blog post
J. Davis, Chimpanzees Craft “Dipping Sticks” To Drink Hard To Reach Water, IFLScience. (2017). (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, Human Capital Legislative Proposals to NASA’s Fiscal Year 2003 Authorization Bill, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2002.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
J.A. Huff, Interactions of glyphosate and dicamba in controlling key weed species, Doctoral dissertation, Mississippi State University, 2010.

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
M. Cooper, The Met Offers Buyouts To 21 of Its Employees, New York Times. (2017) C3.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [1].
This sentence cites two references [1,2].
This sentence cites four references [1–4].

About the journal

Full journal titleProgress in Histochemistry and Cytochemistry
AbbreviationProg. Histochem. Cytochem.
ISSN (print)0079-6336
ScopeCell Biology
Clinical Biochemistry

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