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. Normile D. AGRICULTURE: Variety Spices Up Chinese Rice Yields. Science. 2000;289:1122b–3b.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. Laurance WF, Balmford A. Land use: A global map for road building. Nature. 2013;495:308–9.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. Jia S, Noma K-I, Grewal SIS. RNAi-independent heterochromatin nucleation by the stress-activated ATF/CREB family proteins. Science. 2004;304:1971–6.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
1. Bousquet E, Dawber M, Stucki N, Lichtensteiger C, Hermet P, Gariglio S, et al. Improper ferroelectricity in perovskite oxide artificial superlattices. Nature. 2008;452:732–6.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. Cooper JD. Soil Water Measurement. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd; 2016.
An edited book
1. Popescu-Zeletin R. Vehicular-2-X Communication: State-of-the-Art and Research in Mobile Vehicular Ad hoc Networks. Radusch I, Rigani MA, editors. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2010.
A chapter in an edited book
1. Raab EL. The Medical Expert. In: Kraushar MF, editor. Risk Prevention in Ophthalmology. New York, NY: Springer; 2008. p. 41–6.

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. Fang J. Fossil Peruvian Monkey May Have Originated in Africa [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 Schools: Additional Reporting Could Improve Accountability for Academic Achievement of Students with Dyslexia. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 2007 Dec. Report No.: GAO-08-70.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1. Davidson JM. Transitional age youth—a program expansion to enhance existing services in Sonoma County: A grant-writing project [Doctoral dissertation]. [Long Beach, CA]: California State University, Long Beach; 2010.

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. Williams J. Long Live the Prince. New York Times. 2017 Apr 11;BR9.

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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