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
Pusey, P.N., 2011. Physics. Brownian motion goes ballistic. Science 332, 802–803.
A journal article with 2 authors
Gao, Y.Q., Marcus, R.A., 2001. Strange and unconventional isotope effects in ozone formation. Science 293, 259–263.
A journal article with 3 authors
Richard, D., Clanet, C., Quéré, D., 2002. Contact time of a bouncing drop. Nature 417, 811.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Cheng, X., Su, X., Chen, X., Zhao, H., Bo, C., Xu, J., Bai, H., Ning, K., 2014. Biological ingredient analysis of traditional Chinese medicine preparation based on high-throughput sequencing: the story for Liuwei Dihuang Wan. Sci. Rep. 4, 5147.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Dubé, J., Legros, D., 2014. Spatial Econometrics Using Microdata. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Sussman, R.W., Cloninger, C.R. (Eds.), 2011. Origins of Altruism and Cooperation, Developments in Primatology: Progress and Prospects. Springer, New York, NY.
A chapter in an edited book
Dereziński, J., 2009. Quadratic Hamiltonians and Their Renormalization, in: Janas, J., Kurasov, P., Naboko, S., Laptev, A., Stolz, G. (Eds.), Methods of Spectral Analysis in Mathematical Physics: Conference on Operator Theory, Analysis and Mathematical Physics (OTAMP) 2006, Lund, Sweden. Birkhäuser, Basel, pp. 89–102.

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. Eleven Body Fluids We Couldn’t Live Without [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, 2000. FTS2001: Improving the Revenue Estimation Process (No. AIMD-00-147R). 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
Ho, C.W., 2012. Music genre on the move: Discourse and the cultural production of Japanese visual rock in Hong Kong (Doctoral dissertation). Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.

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
Belson, K., Pilon, M., 2012. Track Town USA and Meet It Wants to Keep. New York Times D3.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Sarewitz, 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Coward, 2008; Zhang, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Gao and Marcus, 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Lawrence et al., 2004)

About the journal

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

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