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
McDevitt, J. (2006). The candidate. Nature, 440(7083), 580.
A journal article with 2 authors
Rosenberg, S. M., & Hastings, P. J. (2003). Microbiology and evolution. Modulating mutation rates in the wild. Science (New York, N.Y.), 300(5624), 1382–1383.
A journal article with 3 authors
Tsakmakidis, K. L., Boardman, A. D., & Hess, O. (2007). “Trapped rainbow” storage of light in metamaterials. Nature, 450(7168), 397–401.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
White, M. A., Eykelenboom, J. K., Lopez-Vernaza, M. A., Wilson, E., & Leach, D. R. F. (2008). Non-random segregation of sister chromosomes in Escherichia coli. Nature, 455(7217), 1248–1250.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bejan, A. (2016). Advanced Engineering Thermodynamics. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Moritz, E. F., & Haake, S. (Eds.). (2006). The Engineering of Sport 6: Volume 1: Developments for Sports. Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Pakarinen, M. P., & Mutanen, A. (2016). Intestinal Failure-Associated Liver Disease. In R. J. Rintala, M. Pakarinen, & T. Wester (Eds.), Current Concepts of Intestinal Failure (pp. 51–61). Springer International Publishing.

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
Davis, J. (2017, May 4). High Levels Of Ocean Pollutants May Be Impacting Dolphin Immune Systems. IFLScience; IFLScience.


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. (1977). Problems Found With Government Acquisition and Use of Computers From November 1965 to December 1976 (FGMSD-77-14). 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
Hensley, A. L. (2009). Gender, personality, and coping: Unraveling gender in military post -deployment physical and mental wellness [Doctoral dissertation]. Capella University.

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
Mackay, I. P. (1919, September 21). SAFE DEMOCRACY. New York Times, Editorial37.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (McDevitt, 2006).
This sentence cites two references (McDevitt, 2006; Rosenberg & Hastings, 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Rosenberg & Hastings, 2003)
  • Three authors: (Tsakmakidis et al., 2007)
  • 6 or more authors: (White et al., 2008)

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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