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
M.A. Nieto, Epithelial plasticity: a common theme in embryonic and cancer cells, Science. 342 (2013) 1234850.
A journal article with 2 authors
J.A. Birchler, H.H. Kavi, Molecular biology. Slicing and dicing for small RNAs, Science. 320 (2008) 1023–1024.
A journal article with 3 authors
A. Biastoch, C.W. Böning, J.R.E. Lutjeharms, Agulhas leakage dynamics affects decadal variability in Atlantic overturning circulation, Nature. 456 (2008) 489–492.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
K.A. Farley, D. Vokrouhlický, W.F. Bottke, D. Nesvorný, A late Miocene dust shower from the break-up of an asteroid in the main belt, Nature. 439 (2006) 295–297.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
J.H. Saleh, J.-F. Castet, Spacecraft Reliability and Multi-State Failures, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2011.
An edited book
H. Selin, ed., Encyclopaedia of the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine in Non-Western Cultures, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
S. Giuffrida, S. Di Mauro, A. Valenti, Cap Rate and the Historic City. Past and Future of the Real Estate of Noto (Italy), in: O. Gervasi, B. Murgante, S. Misra, A.M.A.C. Rocha, C.M. Torre, D. Taniar, B.O. Apduhan, E. Stankova, S. Wang (Eds.), Computational Science and Its Applications -- ICCSA 2016: 16th International Conference, Beijing, China, July 4-7, 2016, Proceedings, Part IV, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2016: pp. 63–78.

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
S. Luntz, Squid Can Recode Their Own Genetics, IFLScience. (2015).


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, Immigration Benefits System: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Can Improve Program Management, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2016.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
S.C. Luna, An integrated treatment program for individuals with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders: A grant proposal, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 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
L. Greenhouse, Death Penalty Case Gives A Clue to Alito’s Methods, New York Times. (2005) A16.

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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