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
Cohen, J., 2014. Breakdown + Breakdown runners-up. Science 346, 1450–1451.
A journal article with 2 authors
Weis, V.M., Allemand, D., 2009. Physiology. What determines coral health? Science 324, 1153–1155.
A journal article with 3 authors
Henry, G.T., Fortner, C.K., Bastian, K.C., 2012. The effects of experience and attrition for novice high-school science and mathematics teachers. Science 335, 1118–1121.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Ibrahim, F., Rohr, J., Jeong, W.-J., Hesson, J., Cerutti, H., 2006. Untemplated oligoadenylation promotes degradation of RISC-cleaved transcripts. Science 314, 1893.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Wrobel, G.M., Neil, E., 2009. International Advances in Adoption Research for Practice. John Wiley & Sons Ltd., Chichester, West Sussex, UK.
An edited book
Treharne, H., King, S., Henson, M., Schneider, S. (Eds.), 2005. ZB 2005: Formal Specification and Development in Z and B: 4th International Conference of B and Z Users, Guildford, UK, April 13-15, 2005. Proceedings, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Neumann, S., van Teeseling, M.C.F., van Niftrik, L., 2013. Cell Biology of Anaerobic Ammonium-Oxidizing Bacteria: Unique Prokaryotes with an Energy-Conserving Intracellular Compartment, in: Fuerst, J.A. (Ed.), Planctomycetes: Cell Structure, Origins and Biology. Humana Press, Totowa, NJ, pp. 89–123.

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
Hamilton, K., 2014. Jaguar Tastes The Hallucinogenic Effects Of Yage [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, 2005. Aviation Security: Flight and Cabin Crew Member Security Training Strengthened, but Better Planning and Internal Controls Needed (No. GAO-05-781). 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
Bottorff, E.A., 2011. The community college baccalaureate: A study of capital costs in Florida (Doctoral dissertation). Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL.

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
Vecsey, G., 2011. France Loses to the U.S., With Typical Elegance. New York Times B15.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Cohen, 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Cohen, 2014; Weis and Allemand, 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Weis and Allemand, 2009)
  • Three or more authors: (Ibrahim et al., 2006)

About the journal

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

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