How to format your references using the Tissue and Cell citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Tissue and Cell. 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
Allen, P., 2005. Striking a chord. Nature 434, 961.
A journal article with 2 authors
Satpute-Krishnan, P., Serio, T.R., 2005. Prion protein remodelling confers an immediate phenotypic switch. Nature 437, 262–265.
A journal article with 3 authors
Zahidi, E.M., Oudghiri-Hassani, H., McBreen, P.H., 2001. Formation of thermally stable alkylidene layers on a catalytically active surface. Nature 409, 1023–1026.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Inoue, K., Kohda, T., Lee, J., Ogonuki, N., Mochida, K., Noguchi, Y., Tanemura, K., Kaneko-Ishino, T., Ishino, F., Ogura, A., 2002. Faithful expression of imprinted genes in cloned mice. Science 295, 297.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Woods, L.C., 2005. Theory of Tokamak Transport. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, FRG.
An edited book
Gangi, A., Guth, S., Guermazi, A. (Eds.), 2009. Imaging in Percutaneous Musculoskeletal Interventions, Medical Radiology, Diagnostic Imaging. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Wang, S., Agrawal, D., El Abbadi, A., 2011. A Comprehensive Framework for Secure Query Processing on Relational Data in the Cloud, in: Jonker, W., Petković, M. (Eds.), Secure Data Management: 8th VLDB Workshop, SDM 2011, Seattle, WA, USA, September 2, 2011, Proceedings, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 52–69.

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 Tissue and Cell.

Blog post
Andrew, E., 2015. New Carnivorous Plant Species Discovered On Facebook [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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, 1980. The Office of Science and Technology Policy: Adaptation to a President’s Operating Style May Conflict With Congressionally Mandated Assignments (No. PAD-80-79). U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Lee, J.Y., 2008. Socio-Spatial Exclusion Based on Human Activities and Social Networks in Space-Time: A Case Study of Koreans in Columbus, Ohio (Doctoral dissertation). Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.

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
Fausset, R., Shear, M.D., Nixon, R., Robles, F., 2017. Slow Pace of Aid Riles Puerto Rico. New York Times A1.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Allen, 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Allen, 2005; Satpute-Krishnan and Serio, 2005).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Satpute-Krishnan and Serio, 2005)
  • Three or more authors: (Inoue et al., 2002)

About the journal

Full journal titleTissue and Cell
AbbreviationTissue Cell
ISSN (print)0040-8166
ScopeCell Biology
Developmental Biology
General Medicine

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