How to format your references using the Seminars in Cancer Biology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Seminars in Cancer Biology. 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
R. Kassen, If you want to win the game, you must join in, Nature. 480 (2011) 153.
A journal article with 2 authors
C.R. Martin, Z.S. Siwy, Chemistry. Learning nature’s way: biosensing with synthetic nanopores, Science. 317 (2007) 331–332.
A journal article with 3 authors
A. Grirrane, A. Corma, H. García, Gold-catalyzed synthesis of aromatic azo compounds from anilines and nitroaromatics, Science. 322 (2008) 1661–1664.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
S. Moyà-Solà, M. Köhler, D.M. Alba, I. Casanovas-Vilar, J. Galindo, Pierolapithecus catalaunicus, a new Middle Miocene great ape from Spain, Science. 306 (2004) 1339–1344.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
V. Münch, Patente, Marken, Design von A bis Z, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH, D-69451 Weinheim, Germany, 2009.
An edited book
D. Abraham, H. Clive, M. Dashwood, G. Coghlan, eds., Advances in Vascular Medicine, Springer, London, 2010.
A chapter in an edited book
V.F. Martins, T.G. Kirner, C. Kirner, Subjective Usability Evaluation Criteria of Augmented Reality Applications, in: R. Shumaker, S. Lackey (Eds.), Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality: 7th International Conference, VAMR 2015, Held as Part of HCI International 2015, Los Angeles, CA, USA, August 2-7, 2015, Proceedings, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2015: pp. 39–48.

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 Seminars in Cancer Biology.

Blog post
E. Andrew, Dogs recognise and respond differently to a left-sided wag than from a right, IFLScience. (2013). (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, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, Child Restraint Systems, and Child Restraint Anchorage Systems, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1999.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
J. Prosky, Meisner and the problem of character, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 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
B. Brantley, Big Dreams and Ideas in Chicago, New York Times. (2017) C1.

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 titleSeminars in Cancer Biology
AbbreviationSemin. Cancer Biol.
ISSN (print)1044-579X
ScopeCancer Research

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