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
Neubert, T., 2003. Atmospheric science. On sprites and their exotic kin. Science 300, 747–749.
A journal article with 2 authors
Moir, S., Fauci, A.S., 2010. Immunology. Salmonella susceptibility. Science 328, 439–440.
A journal article with 3 authors
Nadler, J.W., Angelaki, D.E., DeAngelis, G.C., 2008. A neural representation of depth from motion parallax in macaque visual cortex. Nature 452, 642–645.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Trumpp, A., Refaeli, Y., Oskarsson, T., Gasser, S., Murphy, M., Martin, G.R., Bishop, J.M., 2001. c-Myc regulates mammalian body size by controlling cell number but not cell size. Nature 414, 768–773.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Heimer, T., Werner, M., 2004. Die Zukunft der Mikrosystemtechnik. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, FRG.
An edited book
Mens, T., Serebrenik, A., Cleve, A. (Eds.), 2014. Evolving Software Systems. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Braje, T.J., 2011. The Human–Animal Experience in Deep Historical Perspective, in: Blazina, C., Boyraz, G., Shen-Miller, D. (Eds.), The Psychology of the Human-Animal Bond: A Resource for Clinicians and Researchers. Springer, New York, NY, pp. 63–80.

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. White House Halts US Experiments on the Human Germline [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, 1982. Actions Underway To Reduce Delinquencies in the Health Professions and Nursing Student Loan Programs (No. AFMD-83-7). 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
Rawashdeh, M.Y., 2013. A Relational Framework for Clustering and Cluster Validity and the Generalization of the Silhouette Measure (Doctoral dissertation). University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.

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
Qiu, L., 2017. White House Offers Justifications for Firing. New York Times A13.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Neubert, 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Moir and Fauci, 2010; Neubert, 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Moir and Fauci, 2010)
  • Three or more authors: (Trumpp et al., 2001)

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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