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
Ballschmiter, K. (2002) Atmospheric chemistry. A marine source for alkyl nitrates. Science 297, 1127–1128
A journal article with 2 authors
Martinez, L.M. and Angell, C.A. (2001) A thermodynamic connection to the fragility of glass-forming liquids. Nature 410, 663–667
A journal article with 3 authors
Riemer, J. et al. (2009) Disulfide formation in the ER and mitochondria: two solutions to a common process. Science 324, 1284–1287
A journal article with 3 or more authors
Hansen, C.J. et al. (2006) Enceladus’ water vapor plume. Science 311, 1422–1425

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Lalanne, C. (2014) Fatigue Damage, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Günlük, O. and Woeginger, G.J., eds. (2011) Integer Programming and Combinatoral Optimization: 15th International Conference, IPCO 2011, New York, NY, USA, June 15-17, 2011. Proceedings, 6655Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Berg-Yuen, P. et al. (2012) Characterization of the Operator Cognitive State Using Response Times During Semiautonomous Weapon Task Assignment. In Dynamics of Information Systems: Mathematical Foundations (Sorokin, A. et al., eds), pp. 67–80, 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
Luntz, S. 11-Aug-(2016) , Wire-Bending Crow Just Doing What Comes Naturally. , 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 (1971) Administration of Certain Allowances and Differentials Paid to Civilian Employees Located Overseas, 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
Kuls, M. (2012) , Single item versus multiple items: An examination of validity and the impact of mood in measuring constructs. , Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach

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
Shear, M.D. 05-Sep-(2017) , Democratic Coalition Plans Attacks on G.O.P. Over Health Care Law. , New York Times, A19

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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