How to format your references using the Cerebellum & Ataxias citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Cerebellum & Ataxias. 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
1. Smith C. Getting up speed. Nature. 2004;428:229.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. Forneris F, Mattevi A. Enzymes without borders: mobilizing substrates, delivering products. Science. 2008;321:213–6.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. Sang L, Coller HA, Roberts JM. Control of the reversibility of cellular quiescence by the transcriptional repressor HES1. Science. 2008;321:1095–100.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
1. Walden WE, Selezneva AI, Dupuy J, Volbeda A, Fontecilla-Camps JC, Theil EC, et al. Structure of dual function iron regulatory protein 1 complexed with ferritin IRE-RNA. Science. 2006;314:1903–8.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. Budisa N. Engineering the Genetic Code. Weinheim, FRG: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA; 2005.
An edited book
1. Yelon JA, Luchette FA, editors. Geriatric Trauma and Critical Care. New York, NY: Springer; 2014.
A chapter in an edited book
1. Kern TA. Modeling the User. In: Kern TA, editor. Engineering Haptic Devices: A Beginner’s Guide for Engineers. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2009. p. 59–93.

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 Cerebellum & Ataxias.

Blog post
1. Andrew D. 16 Facts That Show Why Bottled Water Is One Of The Biggest Scams Of The Century [Internet]. IFLScience. IFLScience; 2017 [cited 2018 Oct 30]. Available from:


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
1. Government Accountability Office. Navigation Systems. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1977 Oct. Report No.: 094674.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1. Gage JD. An inconsistency-based approach for sensing assessment in unknown environments [Doctoral dissertation]. [Tampa, FL]: University of South Florida; 2009.

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
1. Rothenberg B. Win Doesn’t Quiet Talk Over a Suspicious Loss. New York Times. 2017 Sep 1;SP5.

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 titleCerebellum & Ataxias
AbbreviationCerebellum Ataxias
ISSN (online)2053-8871

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