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
Ladegaard Skov, A., 2015. Materials science: Like cartilage, but simpler. Nature 517, 25–26.
A journal article with 2 authors
Wang, Y., Dohlman, H.G., 2004. Pheromone signaling mechanisms in yeast: a prototypical sex machine. Science 306, 1508–1509.
A journal article with 3 authors
Zhao, J., Benlekbir, S., Rubinstein, J.L., 2015. Electron cryomicroscopy observation of rotational states in a eukaryotic V-ATPase. Nature 521, 241–245.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Harmon, L.J., Schulte, J.A., 2nd, Larson, A., Losos, J.B., 2003. Tempo and mode of evolutionary radiation in iguanian lizards. Science 301, 961–964.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Wood, P., 2013. Western Art and the Wider World. Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford.
An edited book
Müller, K.A., Bussmann-Holder, A. (Eds.), 2005. Superconductivity in Complex Systems: -/-, Structure and Bonding. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Hoffstein, J., Pipher, J., Silverman, J.H., 2014. Digital Signatures, in: Pipher, J., Silverman, J.H. (Eds.), An Introduction to Mathematical Cryptography, Undergraduate Texts in Mathematics. Springer, New York, NY, pp. 193–205.

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., 2014. Sneezing Flings Your Spit and Germs 200 Times Further Than Previously Thought [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, 1990. Problems Persist in Justice’s ADP Management and Organizations (No. T-IMTEC-91-2). 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
Grizzel, R.E., 2010. Three choral works by Dr. James Mobberley—the analysis rehearsal, and performance of “Poem to Ease Birth”, “Lullaby”, and “Spring: O Sparrow” (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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
McKINLEY, J.C., Jr., Southall, A., 2016. One Outlier as Homicides in City Decline Significantly. New York Times A19.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Ladegaard Skov, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Ladegaard Skov, 2015; Wang and Dohlman, 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Wang and Dohlman, 2004)
  • Three or more authors: (Harmon et al., 2003)

About the journal

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

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