How to format your references using the Behavioral Neuroscience citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Behavioral Neuroscience. 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
Gutscher, M.-A. (2004). Geoscience. What caused the great Lisbon earthquake? Science (New York, N.Y.), 305(5688), 1247–1248.
A journal article with 2 authors
Jernvall, J., & Fortelius, M. (2002). Common mammals drive the evolutionary increase of hypsodonty in the Neogene. Nature, 417(6888), 538–540.
A journal article with 3 authors
Morgan, M. G., Houghton, A., & Gibbons, J. H. (2001). Science and government. Improving science and technology advice for Congress. Science (New York, N.Y.), 293(5537), 1999–2000.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Gansel, J. K., Thiel, M., Rill, M. S., Decker, M., Bade, K., Saile, V., von Freymann, G., Linden, S., & Wegener, M. (2009). Gold helix photonic metamaterial as broadband circular polarizer. Science (New York, N.Y.), 325(5947), 1513–1515.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Teodorescu, P., Stănescu, N.-D., & Pandrea, N. (2013). Numerical Analysis with Applications in Mechanics and Engineering. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Kiang, T. K. L. (2015). Clinical Pharmacokinetic and Pharmacodynamic Drug Interactions Associated with Antimalarials (K. J. Wilby & M. H. H. Ensom, Eds.). Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Giannini, C., & Okazaki, H. (2009). Nervous System. In B. L. Waters (Ed.), Handbook of Autopsy Practice (pp. 51–68). Humana Press.

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 Behavioral Neuroscience.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015, June 23). Samsung Unveils “See-Through” Safety Trucks. IFLScience; IFLScience.


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. (1990). Government Civilian Aircraft: Use of Government Aircraft by the Attorney General and FBI Director (GGD-90-84). U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Minger, L. (2017). Examining Education Leadership Communication Practices around Basic and Advanced Skill Sets: A Multiple Case Study [Doctoral dissertation]. Pepperdine University.

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
Wagner, J. (2016, October 6). Bumgarner and Big Blast Leave Mets Blanked and Blue. 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 (Gutscher, 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Gutscher, 2004; Jernvall & Fortelius, 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Jernvall & Fortelius, 2002)
  • Three authors: (Morgan et al., 2001)
  • 6 or more authors: (Gansel et al., 2009)

About the journal

Full journal titleBehavioral Neuroscience
AbbreviationBehav. Neurosci.
ISSN (print)0735-7044
ISSN (online)1939-0084
ScopeBehavioral Neuroscience

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