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
Abbott, A. (2003) Human fatality adds fresh impetus to fight against bird flu. Nature 423, 5
A journal article with 2 authors
Catania, K.C. and Remple, F.E. (2005) Asymptotic prey profitability drives star-nosed moles to the foraging speed limit. Nature 433, 519–522
A journal article with 3 authors
de Mel, S. et al. (2012) One-time transfers of cash or capital have long-lasting effects on microenterprises in Sri Lanka. Science 335, 962–966
A journal article with 3 or more authors
Cerullo, G. et al. (2002) Photosynthetic light harvesting by carotenoids: detection of an intermediate excited state. Science 298, 2395–2398

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Tardu, S. (2011) Statistical Approach to Wall Turbulence, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Abood, M.E. et al., eds. (2013) endoCANNABINOIDS: Actions at Non-CB1/CB2 Cannabinoid Receptors, 24Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Evans, M.M.S. and Grossniklaus, U. (2009) The Maize Megagametophyte. In Handbook of Maize: Its Biology (Bennetzen, J. L. and Hake, S. C., eds), pp. 79–104, 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. 05-Mar-(2015) , It’s Time To Fix Our Outdated Guidelines For Human Vaccine Trials. , IFLScience. [Online]. [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 (1981) The Bureau of the Census Must Solve ADP Acquisition and Security Problems, 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
Wulfsberg, J.C. (2015) , Singing Turkish, performing Turkishness: Message and audience in the song competition of the International Turkish Olympiad. , 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
Sifton, S. 03-Jul-(2013) , Give ’Em the Bird. , New York Times, MM30

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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