How to format your references using the Trends in Cell Biology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Trends in Cell Biology. 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
McLaren, A. (2000) Stem cells: golden opportunities with ethical baggage. Science 288, 1778
A journal article with 2 authors
Olson, M.V. and Varki, A. (2004) Genomics. The chimpanzee genome--a bittersweet celebration. Science 305, 191–192
A journal article with 3 authors
Maurer, S.M. et al. (2000) Science’s neglected legacy. Nature 405, 117–120
A journal article with 3 or more authors
Vukovic, N. et al. (2013) Ultrafast optical control using the Kerr nonlinearity in hydrogenated amorphous silicon microcylindrical resonators. Sci. Rep. 3, 2885

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kang, C.W. and Kvam, P.H. (2011) Basic Statistical Tools for Improving Quality, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Lavacchi, A. (2013) Nanotechnology in Electrocatalysis for Energy, 170Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Zohdi, T.I. and Wriggers, P. (2005) Fundamental Micro–Macro Concepts. In An Introduction to Computational Micromechanics: Corrected Second Printing (Zohdi, T. I. and Wriggers, P., eds), pp. 45–62, Springer

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 Trends in Cell Biology.

Blog post
Andrew, E. 26-May-(2015) , Desert Beetles “Drink” Fog. , IFLScience. [Online]. Available: [Accessed: 30-Oct-2018]


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 (1989) Tax Policy: Insufficient Information to Assess Effect of Tax Free Education Assistance, U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Weir, B. (2010) , The transfer of momentum from waves to currents due to wave breaking. , Doctoral dissertation, University of Arizona

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
Kelly, R.L. 13-Dec-(2010) , Bones of Contention. , New York Times, A25

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [1].
This sentence cites two references [1,2].
This sentence cites four references [1–4].

About the journal

Full journal titleTrends in Cell Biology
AbbreviationTrends Cell Biol.
ISSN (print)0962-8924
ISSN (online)1879-3088
ScopeCell Biology

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