How to format your references using the Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition. 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
Garboczi, D. N. (2005). Structural biology. “D” is not for diversity. Science (New York, N.Y.), 308(5719), 209–210.
A journal article with 2 authors
Fagiolini, M., & Hensch, T. K. (2000). Inhibitory threshold for critical-period activation in primary visual cortex. Nature, 404(6774), 183–186.
A journal article with 3 authors
Ren, A., Rajashankar, K. R., & Patel, D. J. (2012). Fluoride ion encapsulation by Mg2+ ions and phosphates in a fluoride riboswitch. Nature, 486(7401), 85–89.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Szabó, P., Scheuring, I., Czárán, T., & Szathmáry, E. (2002). In silico simulations reveal that replicators with limited dispersal evolve towards higher efficiency and fidelity. Nature, 420(6913), 340–343.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Sewell, G. (2005). Computational Methods of Linear Algebra. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Gettelman, A. (2016). Demystifying Climate Models: A Users Guide to Earth System Models. (R. B. Rood, Ed.) (Vol. 2). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Sitdikova, G. F., & Zefirov, A. L. (2012). Gasotransmitters in Regulation of Neuromuscular Transmission. In A. Hermann, G. F. Sitdikova, & T. M. Weiger (Eds.), Gasotransmitters: Physiology and Pathophysiology (pp. 139–161). Berlin, Heidelberg: 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 Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015, September 16). Scientists Control Brain Cells Using Sound Waves. Retrieved October 30, 2018, from


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. (1976). Comments on Federal Payments to the Adelanto School District, California (No. B-164031(1).90). Washington, DC: 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
Johnson, L. (2017). The Relationship between Mock Jurors’ Locus of Control, Belief in a Just World, and an NGRI Verdict (Doctoral dissertation). Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL.

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
Koblin, J. (2017, October 2). CBS Wrongly Reports Singer’s Death. New York Times, p. B3.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Garboczi, 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Fagiolini & Hensch, 2000; Garboczi, 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Fagiolini & Hensch, 2000)
  • Three authors: (Ren, Rajashankar, & Patel, 2012)
  • 6 or more authors: (Szabó, Scheuring, Czárán, & Szathmáry, 2002)

About the journal

Full journal titleAging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition
AbbreviationNeuropsychol. Dev. Cogn. B Aging Neuropsychol. Cogn.
ISSN (print)1382-5585
ISSN (online)1744-4128
ScopeGeriatrics and Gerontology
Psychiatry and Mental health
Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology

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