How to format your references using the Current Alzheimer Research citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Current Alzheimer Research (CAR). 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
Vivien L. Computer technology: Silicon chips lighten up. Nature. 528(7583): 483–484 (2015).
A journal article with 2 authors
McNamara AK, Zhong S. Thermochemical structures beneath Africa and the Pacific Ocean. Nature. 437(7062): 1136–1139 (2005).
A journal article with 3 authors
Gustafson JL, Lim D, Miller SJ. Dynamic kinetic resolution of biaryl atropisomers via peptide-catalyzed asymmetric bromination. Science. 328(5983): 1251–1255 (2010).
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Li Q, Le May M, Lacroix N, Chen J. Induction of Pax3 gene expression impedes cardiac differentiation. Sci Rep. 3: 2498 (2013).

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Alvarez PJJ, Illman WA. Bioremediation and Natural Attenuation. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.: Hoboken, NJ (2005).
An edited book
Deer TR, Pope JE, Eds. Atlas of Implantable Therapies for Pain Management. Springer: New York, NY (2016).
A chapter in an edited book
Hirschfeld JWP, Thas JA. Veronese and Segre varieties. In (Ed: Thas JA). General Galois Geometries. Springer: London pp. 143–221 (2016).

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 Current Alzheimer Research.

Blog post
Luntz S. Wednesday’s “Blood Moon” Total Eclipse As Seen From Mercury, 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
Government Accountability Office. Telecommunications: Broadband Deployment Plan Should Include Performance Goals and Measures to Guide Federal Investment. U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC (2009).

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
McCarthy AC. Tangle towns tie-breaker: A multidimensional knapsack study, (2012).

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
Leland J. Black Enclave’s Newcomers: Mr. and Mrs. L.L.C, (2016).

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 titleCurrent Alzheimer Research
ISSN (print)1567-2050
ISSN (online)1875-5828

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