How to format your references using the Basal Ganglia citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Basal Ganglia. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
S. Blackmore, Environment. Biodiversity update--progress in taxonomy, Science. 298 (2002) 365.
A journal article with 2 authors
R.M. Brucker, S.R. Bordenstein, The hologenomic basis of speciation: gut bacteria cause hybrid lethality in the genus Nasonia, Science. 341 (2013) 667–669.
A journal article with 3 authors
S.F. Kim, D.A. Huri, S.H. Snyder, Inducible nitric oxide synthase binds, S-nitrosylates, and activates cyclooxygenase-2, Science. 310 (2005) 1966–1970.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
C. Zhu, H. Li, X.C. Zeng, E.G. Wang, S. Meng, Quantized water transport: ideal desalination through graphyne-4 membrane, Sci. Rep. 3 (2013) 3163.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
N. Marsh, Forensic Photography, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2014.
An edited book
A.N. Popper, R.R. Fay, eds., Perspectives on Auditory Research, Springer, New York, NY, 2014.
A chapter in an edited book
A. Hutt, Finite Propagation Speeds in Spatially Extended Systems, in: F.M. Atay (Ed.), Complex Time-Delay Systems: Theory and Applications, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2010: pp. 151–176.

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 Basal Ganglia.

Blog post
J. Fang, Researchers Discover A New State Of Matter, IFLScience. (2015).


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, Blue Cross FEHBP Pharmacy Benefits, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1996.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
K. Sokoya, A Historical Analysis of the Contributions of the Black Power Movement to Higher Education: 1960 – 1980, Doctoral dissertation, George Washington University, 2014.

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
L. Greenhouse, Justices Block New Hearing for Mexican, New York Times. (2008) A16.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [1].
This sentence cites two references [1,2].
This sentence cites four references [1–4].

About the journal

Full journal titleBasal Ganglia
AbbreviationBasal Ganglia
ISSN (print)2210-5336
ScopeClinical Neurology

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