How to format your references using the Consciousness and Cognition citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Consciousness and Cognition. 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
Hoare, M. G. (2015). Astronomy. How young stars grow and become focused. Science (New York, N.Y.), 348(6230), 44–45.
A journal article with 2 authors
Hilbert, M., & López, P. (2011). The world’s technological capacity to store, communicate, and compute information. Science (New York, N.Y.), 332(6025), 60–65.
A journal article with 3 authors
Mason, G. J., Cooper, J., & Clarebrough, C. (2001). Frustrations of fur-farmed mink. Nature, 410(6824), 35–36.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Salart, D., Baas, A., Branciard, C., Gisin, N., & Zbinden, H. (2008). Testing the speed of “spooky action at a distance.” Nature, 454(7206), 861–864.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Minei, I., & Lucek, J. (2006). MPLS-Enabled Applications. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Bezandry, P. H. (2011). Almost Periodic Stochastic Processes (T. Diagana, Ed.). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Cheng, J., Zhou, M., & Ye, J. (2013). The Study of Modern Emergency Products under the Direction of New Ergonomics. In P. L. P. Rau (Ed.), Cross-Cultural Design. Methods, Practice, and Case Studies: 5th International Conference, CCD 2013, Held as Part of HCI International 2013, Las Vegas, NV, USA, July 21-26, 2013, Proceedings, Part I (pp. 31–40). 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 Consciousness and Cognition.

Blog post
Fang, J. (2015, July 3). Fully Implantable Artificial Pancreas Delivers Insulin as Needed. 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. (2007). Business Modernization: NASA Must Consider Agencywide Needs to Reap the Full Benefits of Its Enterprise Management System Modernization Effort (GAO-07-691). 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
Potter, R. H. (2017). Marx Generator Charged via Biperiodic Resonant Cascaded Transformers [Doctoral dissertation]. Indiana 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. (2017, March 11). Tough Architect of the Mets. New York Times, D1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Hoare, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Hilbert & López, 2011; Hoare, 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Hilbert & López, 2011)
  • Three authors: (Mason et al., 2001)
  • 6 or more authors: (Salart et al., 2008)

About the journal

Full journal titleConsciousness and Cognition
AbbreviationConscious. Cogn.
ISSN (print)1053-8100
ScopeArts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
Developmental and Educational Psychology
Experimental and Cognitive Psychology

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