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
Theissen, G., 2002. Secret life of genes. Nature 415, 741.
A journal article with 2 authors
Small, E.M., Olson, E.N., 2011. Pervasive roles of microRNAs in cardiovascular biology. Nature 469, 336–342.
A journal article with 3 authors
Kaiser, U., Schwarz, A., Wiesendanger, R., 2007. Magnetic exchange force microscopy with atomic resolution. Nature 446, 522–525.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Kagawa, T., Sakai, T., Suetsugu, N., Oikawa, K., Ishiguro, S., Kato, T., Tabata, S., Okada, K., Wada, M., 2001. Arabidopsis NPL1: a phototropin homolog controlling the chloroplast high-light avoidance response. Science 291, 2138–2141.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Remy, J.-G., Letamendia, C., 2014. LTE Services. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Eiderman, V.Y., Samokhin, M.V. (Eds.), 2005. Selected Topics in Complex Analysis: The S. Ya. Khavinson Memorial Volume, Operator Theory: Advances and Applications. Birkhäuser, Basel.
A chapter in an edited book
Gautschi, H., Gautschi, D., 2016. How Did We Get to Here? The Role of the State in Fostering Context, in: Gautschi, D. (Ed.), Technological Innovation and Economic Transformation: A Method for Contextual Analysis. Palgrave Macmillan US, New York, NY, pp. 77–119.

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
Fang, J., 2015. Scientists Shave Spider’s Moustaches To See If They Help Lure Prey [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, 2014. Broadband Internet: FCC Should Track the Application of Fixed Internet Usage-Based Pricing and Help Improve Consumer Education (No. GAO-15-108). 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
Lyngarkos, B., 2015. Examination of the relative importance of website elements for users of manufacturers representative websites (Doctoral dissertation). Northcentral University, Scottsdale, AZ.

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
Qin, A., 2015. Old Wounds Exposed on Film. New York Times C1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Theissen, 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Small and Olson, 2011; Theissen, 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Small and Olson, 2011)
  • Three or more authors: (Kagawa et al., 2001)

About the journal

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

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