How to format your references using the Brain Sciences citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Brain Sciences. 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
Bystricky, M. Geophysics. Mantle Flow Revisited. Science 2003, 301, 1190–1191.
A journal article with 2 authors
Alkhatib, A.; Nayfeh, A. A Complete Physical Germanium-on-Silicon Quantum Dot Self-Assembly Process. Sci. Rep. 2013, 3, 2099.
A journal article with 3 authors
Hosseini, P.; Wright, C.D.; Bhaskaran, H. An Optoelectronic Framework Enabled by Low-Dimensional Phase-Change Films. Nature 2014, 511, 206–211.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Wang, L.; Yao, T.; Shi, S.; Cao, Y.; Sun, W. A Label-Free Fluorescent Probe for Hg2+ and Biothiols Based on Graphene Oxide and Ru-Complex. Sci. Rep. 2014, 4, 5320.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Etheridge, D. Excel® Data Analysis; John Wiley & Sons, Inc.: Hoboken, NJ, 2010; ISBN 9781118983935.
An edited book
Handbook of Multicultural Perspectives on Stress and Coping; Wong, P.T.P., Wong, L.C.J., Eds.; International and Cultural Psychology; Springer US: Boston, MA, 2006; ISBN 9780387262369.
A chapter in an edited book
Irving, A.J.; McDonald, N.A.; Harkany, T. CB1 Cannabinoid Receptors: Molecular Biology, Second Messenger Coupling and Polarized Trafficking in Neurons. In Cannabinoids and the Brain; Köfalvi, A., Ed.; Springer US: Boston, MA, 2008; pp. 59–73 ISBN 9780387743486.

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 Brain Sciences.

Blog post
Davis, J. Mysterious Beached Whale Baffles Researchers Available online: (accessed on 30 October 2018).


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 Diffusing Innovations: Implementing the Technology Transfer Act of 1986; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 1991;

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Martin, J.C. Tbx18 and the Epicardium in Cardiac Development and Regenerative Medicine. Doctoral dissertation, University of California San Diego: La Jolla, CA, 2008.

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
Kelly, S. Be of Good Fear. New York Times 1993, 745.

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 titleBrain Sciences
AbbreviationBrain Sci.
ISSN (online)2076-3425

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