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
Morell, V., 2014. When the bat sings. Science 344, 1334–1337.
A journal article with 2 authors
Dalton, R., Abbott, A., 2000. Hawaii reaches for the stars with astronomy master plan. Nature 405, 872.
A journal article with 3 authors
Xu, X., Zhou, Z., Wang, X., 2000. The smallest known non-avian theropod dinosaur. Nature 408, 705–708.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Riedelsheimer, C., Brotman, Y., Méret, M., Melchinger, A.E., Willmitzer, L., 2013. The maize leaf lipidome shows multilevel genetic control and high predictive value for agronomic traits. Sci. Rep. 3, 2479.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Marage, J.-P., Mori, Y., 2013. Sonar and Underwater Acoustics. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Antoniou, G., Grobelnik, M., Simperl, E., Parsia, B., Plexousakis, D., Leenheer, P.D., Pan, J. (Eds.), 2011. The Semanic Web: Research and Applications: 8th Extended Semantic Web Conference, ESWC 2011, Heraklion, Crete, Greece, May 29 – June 2, 2011, Proceedings, Part II, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Zeng, R., Zhang, X., Xiong, T., Zhou, G., Yue, R., 2016. QRS Complex, in: Zeng, R. (Ed.), Graphics-Sequenced Interpretation of ECG. Springer, Singapore, pp. 69–119.

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
Luntz, S., 2016. North Korean Volcano Released Astonishing Amounts Of Sulfur, And Might Again [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, 2000. Early Education and Care: Overlap Indicates Need to Assess Crosscutting Programs (No. HEHS-00-78). 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
Tucker, M.S., 2010. Phenotypic and genotypic analysis of in vitro selected artemisinin resistant Plasmodium falciparum (Doctoral dissertation). University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.

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
Saslow, L., 2006. Suffolk and Nassau Fight Voting Machine Change. New York Times 14LI2.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Morell, 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Dalton and Abbott, 2000; Morell, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Dalton and Abbott, 2000)
  • Three or more authors: (Riedelsheimer et al., 2013)

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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