How to format your references using the Seminars in Cell and Developmental Biology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Seminars in Cell and Developmental 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
M. Livio, Lost in translation: Mystery of the missing text solved, Nature. 479 (2011) 171–173.
A journal article with 2 authors
S.O. Rizzoli, W.J. Betz, The structural organization of the readily releasable pool of synaptic vesicles, Science. 303 (2004) 2037–2039.
A journal article with 3 authors
M.S. Brown, J. Ye, J.L. Goldstein, Medicine. HDL miR-ed down by SREBP introns, Science. 328 (2010) 1495–1496.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
V. Otero, N. Finkelstein, R. McCray, S. Pollock, Professional development. Who is responsible for preparing science teachers?, Science. 313 (2006) 445–446.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
A.R. Conklin Jr., Introduction to Soil Chemistry, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2005.
An edited book
J. Morwick, Workshift: Future-Proof Your Organization for the 21st Century, Palgrave Macmillan US, New York, NY, 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
R. Roy, V. Naidoo, Research or Applied Universities? An Exploratory Qualitative Study of Prospective Student’s Selection of Universities with Different Brand Identities, in: T. Wu, V. Naidoo (Eds.), International Marketing of Higher Education, Palgrave Macmillan US, New York, NY, 2016: pp. 83–98.

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 Cell and Developmental Biology.

Blog post
K. Evans, Chinese Environmental Officials Arrested For Faking Air Pollution Results, IFLScience. (2016). (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, Month In Review, August 1999: Reports, Testimony, Correspondence, and Other Publications, 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
B. Kim, Essays in the Dynamics Bayesian Models in Marketing, Doctoral dissertation, George Washington University, 2013.

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. Saslow, Economy and All, Budgets Sail Through, New York Times. (2008) LI2.

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 Cell and Developmental Biology
AbbreviationSemin. Cell Dev. Biol.
ISSN (print)1084-9521
ScopeCell Biology
Developmental Biology

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