How to format your references using the Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic and Clinical citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic and Clinical. 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
Rehmann, H., 2013. Epac-inhibitors: facts and artefacts. Sci. Rep. 3, 3032.
A journal article with 2 authors
Krupovic, M., Bamford, D.H., 2011. Virology. Revealing virus-host interplay. Science 333, 45–46.
A journal article with 3 authors
Raymond, S.N., Mandell, A.M., Sigurdsson, S., 2006. Exotic Earths: forming habitable worlds with giant planet migration. Science 313, 1413–1416.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Kamata, K., Yonehara, K., Sumida, Y., Yamaguchi, K., Hikichi, S., Mizuno, N., 2003. Efficient epoxidation of olefins with >/=99% selectivity and use of hydrogen peroxide. Science 300, 964–966.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
DeRosa, T.F., 2008. Advances in Polymer Chemistry and Methods Reported in Recent US Patents. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Resch, M., Roller, S., Benkert, K., Galle, M., Bez, W., Kobayashi, H., Hirayama, T. (Eds.), 2009. High Performance Computing on Vector Systems 2008. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Kaushika, N.D., Reddy, K.S., Kaushik, K., 2016. Conventional Energy and Power System, in: Reddy, K.S., Kaushik, K. (Eds.), Sustainable Energy and the Environment: A Clean Technology Approach. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 43–60.

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 Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic and Clinical.

Blog post
Andrews, R., 2016. Controversial “Anti-Aging” Young Blood Injection Trial Demands $8,000 From Each Volunteer [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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, 1993. Aircraft Certification: New FAA Approach Needed to Meet Challenges of Advanced Technology (No. RCED-93-155). U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Watson, A.M., 2009. A novel role for MUC7 mucin glycoprotein in the innate immunity and genetic propensity of asthma (Doctoral dissertation). George Washington University, Washington, DC.

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
Greenhouse, L., 2008. Justices Chilly To Bid to Alter Death Penalty. New York Times A1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Rehmann, 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Krupovic and Bamford, 2011; Rehmann, 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Krupovic and Bamford, 2011)
  • Three or more authors: (Kamata et al., 2003)

About the journal

Full journal titleAutonomic Neuroscience: Basic and Clinical
AbbreviationAuton. Neurosci.
ISSN (print)1566-0702
ScopeClinical Neurology
Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
Endocrine and Autonomic Systems

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