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
Nowak, M.A., 2004. Prisoners of the dilemma. Nature 427, 491.
A journal article with 2 authors
Ihinger, P.D., Zink, S.I., 2000. Determination of relative growth rates of natural quartz crystals. Nature 404, 865–869.
A journal article with 3 authors
Begley, C.G., Buchan, A.M., Dirnagl, U., 2015. Robust research: Institutions must do their part for reproducibility. Nature 525, 25–27.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Manzanares, M., Wada, H., Itasaki, N., Trainor, P.A., Krumlauf, R., Holland, P.W., 2000. Conservation and elaboration of Hox gene regulation during evolution of the vertebrate head. Nature 408, 854–857.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Shreves, R., Dunwoodie, B., 2011. Drupal® 7 Bible. Wiley Publishing, Inc., Indianapolis, IN, USA.
An edited book
Visioli, A., 2011. Control of Integral Processes with Dead Time, Advances in Industrial Control. Springer, London.
A chapter in an edited book
Nakkeeran, S., Renukadevi, P., Aiyanathan, K.E.A., 2016. Exploring the Potential of Trichoderma for the Management of Seed and Soil-Borne Diseases of Crops, in: Muniappan, R., Heinrichs, E.A. (Eds.), Integrated Pest Management of Tropical Vegetable Crops, The Rhizosphere and Plant Growth. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, pp. 77–130.

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. This Somersaulting Knight Proves These Warriors Were Surprisingly Agile [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, 1999. Year 2000 Computing Crisis: Readiness Status of the Department of Health and Human Services (No. T-AIMD-99-92). 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
Keep, A.W., 2013. A nanopass framework for commercial compiler development (Doctoral dissertation). Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.

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
Hollander, S., 2002. For Pfluger, a Career of Achievement. New York Times D4.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Nowak, 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Ihinger and Zink, 2000; Nowak, 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Ihinger and Zink, 2000)
  • Three or more authors: (Manzanares et al., 2000)

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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