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
Caldwell, M., 2007. Careers in behavioral science. Neuromarketing careers. Science 316, 1060–1061.
A journal article with 2 authors
Ferraro, P.J., Kiss, A., 2002. Ecology. Direct payments to conserve biodiversity. Science 298, 1718–1719.
A journal article with 3 authors
Vega, A.V., Avila, G., Matthews, G., 2013. Interaction between the transcriptional corepressor Sin3B and voltage-gated sodium channels modulates functional channel expression. Sci. Rep. 3, 2809.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Jiang, Y., Lee, A., Chen, J., Ruta, V., Cadene, M., Chait, B.T., MacKinnon, R., 2003. X-ray structure of a voltage-dependent K+ channel. Nature 423, 33–41.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Tschirhart, M., Bielefeld, W., 2012. Managing Nonprofit Organizations. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., San Francisco.
An edited book
Dumont, H.J. (Ed.), 2009. The Nile: Origin, Environments, Limnology and Human Use, Monographiae Biologicae. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht.
A chapter in an edited book
Alves-Prado, H.F., Bocchini, D.A., Gomes, E., Baida, L.C., Contiero, J., Roberto, I.C., Da Silva, R., 2007. Optimization of Cyclodextrin Glucanotransferase Production From Bacillus clausii E16 in Submerged Fermentation Using Response Surface Methodology, in: Mielenz, J.R., Klasson, K.T., Adney, W.S., McMillan, J.D. (Eds.), Applied Biochemistry and Biotecnology: The Twenty-Eighth Symposium Proceedings of the Twenty-Eight Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals Held April 30–May 3, 2006, in Nashville, Tennessee. Humana Press, Totowa, NJ, pp. 27–40.

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., 2015. Jaw-Bone Discovery Reveals More About Secret Sex Lives Of Neanderthals And Early Humans [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, 2016. Aviation Forecasting: FAA Should Implement Additional Risk-Management Practices in Forecasting Aviation Activity (No. GAO-16-210). 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
Richardson, V.M., 2013. In vitro thyroid hormone metabolism: Effects of nuclear receptor activation on the metabolic profiles of thyroxine in rat and human hepatocytes (Doctoral dissertation). University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC.

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
Pilon, M., 2014. Code of Honor, Not a Referee, Governs Curlers. New York Times B10.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Caldwell, 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Caldwell, 2007; Ferraro and Kiss, 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Ferraro and Kiss, 2002)
  • Three or more authors: (Jiang 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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