How to format your references using the Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentalis citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentalis. 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
Maienschein J (2000) Old wine in new bottles. Nature 407(6800): 21.
A journal article with 2 authors
Hoefel F, Elgar S (2003) Wave-induced sediment transport and sandbar migration. Science 299(5614): 1885–1887.
A journal article with 3 authors
Hill MS, Hitchcock PB, Pongtavornpinyo R (2006) A linear homocatenated compound containing six indium centers. Science 311(5769): 1904–1907.
A journal article with 13 or more authors
Oliveira PJC, Asner GP, Knapp DE, Almeyda A, Galván-Gildemeister R, Keene S, Raybin RF, Smith RC (2007) Land-use allocation protects the Peruvian Amazon. Science 317(5842): 1233–1236.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Krause TR (2005) Leading with Safety. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Senani R (2013) Current Feedback Operational Amplifiers and Their Applications. Springer, New York, NY.
A chapter in an edited book
Bilo RAC, Robben SGF, Rijn RR van (2010) Clavicles, Scapulas, Sternum, Vertebrae and Pelvis. In: Forensic Aspects of Pediatric Fractures: Differentiating Accidental Trauma from Child Abuse (Robben SGF, Rijn RR, Eds.). Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, p. 67–78.

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 Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentalis.

Blog post
Hale T (2015) IFLScience. Accessed October 30, 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 (1999) .

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Gomez-Zuebisch LC (2010) .

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
Dorman JL (2017) New York Times.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Maienschein, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Maienschein, 2000; Hoefel and Elgar, 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Hoefel and Elgar, 2003)
  • Three or more authors: (Oliveira et al., 2007)

About the journal

Full journal titleActa Neurobiologiae Experimentalis
ISSN (print)0065-1400
ISSN (online)1689-0035

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