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
Mooij, H., 2005. Physics. The road to quantum computing. Science 307, 1210–1211.
A journal article with 2 authors
Chen, P.-C., Xu, Z.-K., 2013. Mineral-coated polymer membranes with superhydrophilicity and underwater superoleophobicity for effective oil/water separation. Sci. Rep. 3, 2776.
A journal article with 3 authors
Luo, Y., Yang, Y., Chen, Z., 2014. Self-tuning wireless power transmission scheme based on on-line scattering parameters measurement and two-side power matching. Sci. Rep. 4, 4332.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Wang, X., Li, X., Onuma, K., Sogo, Y., Ohno, T., Ito, A., 2013. Zn- and Mg- containing tricalcium phosphates-based adjuvants for cancer immunotherapy. Sci. Rep. 3, 2203.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Rieth, M., 2012. Pharmazeutische Mikrobiologie. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany.
An edited book
Arai, E., Kimura, F., Goossenaerts, J., Shirase, K. (Eds.), 2005. Knowledge and Skill Chains in Engineering and Manufacturing: Information Infrastructure in the Era of Global Communications Proceedings of the IFIP TC5/WG5.3, WG5.7, WG5.12 Fifth International Working Conference of Information Infrastructure Systems for Manufacturing 2002 (DIIDM2002), November 18–20, 2002 in Osaka, Japan, IFIP International Federation for Information Processing. Springer US, Boston, MA.
A chapter in an edited book
Peng, C., Yue, D., Han, Q.-L., 2015. Decentralized Control for IP-based Large-Scale Systems, in: Yue, D., Han, Q.-L. (Eds.), Communication and Control for Networked Complex Systems. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 59–75.

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
Andrew, E., 2014. Bitter Coffee Today? Try Changing The Colour Of Your Cup [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, 2010. Electronic Government: Implementation of the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 (No. GAO-10-365). 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
Hoang, T.T., 2017. Acoustic and Image Vehicle Classification System (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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
Isaac, M., 2017. Uber Board, Deeply Split, Can’t Agree On a C.E.O. New York Times B1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Mooij, 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Chen and Xu, 2013; Mooij, 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Chen and Xu, 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Wang 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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