How to format your references using the Cognitive Neuropsychology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Cognitive Neuropsychology. 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
Pollard, T. D. (2011). Cell biology. Formin tip tracking. Science (New York, N.Y.), 331(6013), 39–41.
A journal article with 2 authors
Seibel, B. A., & Dierssen, H. M. (2009). Ocean science. Animal function at the heart (and gut) of oceanography. Science (New York, N.Y.), 323(5912), 343–344.
A journal article with 3 authors
Del Bene, F., Tessmar-Raible, K., & Wittbrodt, J. (2004). Direct interaction of geminin and Six3 in eye development. Nature, 427(6976), 745–749.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Patanè, D., De Gori, P., Chiarabba, C., & Bonaccorso, A. (2003). Magma ascent and the pressurization of Mount Etna’s volcanic system. Science (New York, N.Y.), 299(5615), 2061–2063.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Weisberg, H. I. (2014). Willful Ignorance. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Plemenos, D. (2009). Visual Complexity and Intelligent Computer Graphics Techniques Enhancements (G. Miaoulis, Ed.; Vol. 200). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Meiss, J.-H., & Schröder, W. (2008). Large-Eddy Simulation of a Generic Space Vehicle. In A. Gülhan (Ed.), RESPACE – Key Technologies for Reusable Space Systems: Results of a Virtual Institute Programme of the German Helmholtz-Association, 2003 – 2007 (pp. 40–56). Springer.

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 Cognitive Neuropsychology.

Blog post
Davis, J. (2015, May 14). Researchers Reveal The First Warm-Blooded Fish. 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. (2017). K-12 Education: Education Needs to Improve Oversight of Its 21st Century Program (GAO-17-400). 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
Warren, P. D. (2012). Characterizing polymers for cardiovascular devices [Doctoral dissertation]. University of Arizona.

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
Walsh, M. W. (2016, February 16). Witness Cites Recipe for Toxic Air, and Debt, at Puerto Rico’s Power Company. New York Times, B1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Pollard, 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Pollard, 2011; Seibel & Dierssen, 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Seibel & Dierssen, 2009)
  • Three authors: (Del Bene et al., 2004)
  • 6 or more authors: (Patanè et al., 2003)

About the journal

Full journal titleCognitive Neuropsychology
AbbreviationCogn. Neuropsychol.
ISSN (print)0264-3294
ISSN (online)1464-0627
ScopeArts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
Cognitive Neuroscience
Developmental and Educational Psychology
Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology

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