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
A. Abbott, A place in the sun, Nature. 446 (2007) 124–125.
A journal article with 2 authors
S. Auer, D. Frenkel, Prediction of absolute crystal-nucleation rate in hard-sphere colloids, Nature. 409 (2001) 1020–1023.
A journal article with 3 authors
T. Preis, H.S. Moat, H.E. Stanley, Quantifying trading behavior in financial markets using Google Trends, Sci. Rep. 3 (2013) 1684.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
M.P. Almeida, F. de Melo, M. Hor-Meyll, A. Salles, S.P. Walborn, P.H.S. Ribeiro, L. Davidovich, Environment-induced sudden death of entanglement, Science. 316 (2007) 579–582.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
E. Böhmer, Dentistry in Rabbits and Rodents, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2015.
An edited book
A. Kravets, M. Shcherbakov, M. Kultsova, T. Iijima, eds., Knowledge-Based Software Engineering: 11th Joint Conference, JCKBSE 2014, Volgograd, Russia, September 17-20, 2014. Proceedings, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2014.
A chapter in an edited book
F. Chauvicourt, S. Orlando, W. Desmet, J.J.C. Gyselinck, C.T. Faria, Experimental Study on the Impact of the Number of Laminas on the Dynamics Behavior of an Electric Machine Stator, in: M. Mains (Ed.), Topics in Modal Analysis & Testing, Volume 10: Proceedings of the 34th IMAC, A Conference and Exposition on Structural Dynamics 2016, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2016: pp. 73–79.

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
E. Andrew, How To Make Sure You’ll Have Tall, Healthy Kids, IFLScience. (2015). (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, Air Traffic Control Modernization: Status of the Current Program and Planning for the Next Generation Air Transportation System, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2006.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
W.K. Anemaet, The effects of non -surgical interventions on osteoarthritis-like changes in the mouse knee, Doctoral dissertation, University of South Florida, 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
C. Rotella, LaMotta: More Than ‘Raging,’ New York Times. (2017) A27.

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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