How to format your references using the Current Behavioral Neuroscience Reports citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Current Behavioral Neuroscience Reports. 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. Crow MM. Time to rethink the NIH. Nature. 2011;471:569–71.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. Charness G, Fehr E. ECONOMICS. From the lab to the real world. Science. 2015;350:512–3.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. Callier V, Clack JA, Ahlberg PE. Contrasting developmental trajectories in the earliest known tetrapod forelimbs. Science. 2009;324:364–7.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
1. Rahul PRC, Bhawar RL, Ayantika DC, Panicker AS, Safai PD, Tharaprabhakaran V, et al. Double blanket effect caused by two layers of black carbon aerosols escalates warming in the Brahmaputra River Valley. Sci Rep. 2014;4:3670.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. Huang Q, Jing S, Yi J, Zhen W. Innovative Testing and Measurement Solutions for Smart Grid. Singapore: John Wiley & Sons, Singapore Pte. Ltd; 2014.
An edited book
1. Dahlkamp FJ, editor. Uranium Deposits of the World: Asia. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2009.
A chapter in an edited book
1. Moreira L, Balaguer F, Goel A. The Epigenetics in Intestinal Tumorigenesis. In: Yang VW, Bialkowska AB, editors. Intestinal Tumorigenesis: Mechanisms of Development & Progression. Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2015. p. 137–68.

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 Behavioral Neuroscience Reports.

Blog post
1. Andrew E. South Korean Tech Company Announces World’s First Braille Smartwatch [Internet]. IFLScience. IFLScience; 2015 [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. DOD Dependents Schools: Enrollment Categories, Numbers, and Locations. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1995 Sep. Report No.: HEHS-95-149.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1. McFarland-Mancini M. Prolactin Production by Human Breast Adipose Tissue and Adipocytes [Doctoral dissertation]. [Cincinnati, OH]: University of Cincinnati; 2006.

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. Stewart JB. Trump-Size Idea for a New President: Build Stuff. New York Times. 2016 Nov 17;A1.

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 Behavioral Neuroscience Reports
AbbreviationCurr. Behav. Neurosci. Rep.
ISSN (online)2196-2979

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