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. Coste B. Eppendorf finalist. The cellular feeling of pressure. Science. 2012;338:59.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. Morata G, Ballesteros-Arias L. Developmental Biology. Death to the losers. Science. 2014;346:1181–2.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. Kim C, Xuong N-H, Taylor SS. Crystal structure of a complex between the catalytic and regulatory (RIalpha) subunits of PKA. Science. 2005;307:690–6.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
1. Levy ED, Boeri Erba E, Robinson CV, Teichmann SA. Assembly reflects evolution of protein complexes. Nature. 2008;453:1262–5.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. Free ML. CBT and Christianity. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd; 2015.
An edited book
1. Rosenberg E, Gophna U, editors. Beneficial Microorganisms in Multicellular Life Forms. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2011.
A chapter in an edited book
1. Delamere PA, Bagenal F, Paranicas C, Masters A, Radioti A, Bonfond B, et al. Solar Wind and Internally Driven Dynamics: Influences on Magnetodiscs and Auroral Responses. In: Szego K, Achilleos N, Arridge C, Badman S, Delamere P, Grodent D, et al., editors. The Magnetodiscs and Aurorae of Giant Planets. New York, NY: Springer; 2016. p. 51–97.

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. Carpineti A. Life May Develop Even Outside The Habitable Zone [Internet]. IFLScience. IFLScience; 2016 [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. Highway Infrastructure: Quality Improvements Would Safeguard Billions of Dollars Already Invested. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1994 Sep. Report No.: RCED-94-198.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1. Van Exel LM. Applying database refactoring techniques to procedural SQL [Doctoral dissertation]. [Long Beach, CA]: California State University, Long Beach; 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
1. Greenhouse L. JUSTICES, RULING 5-4, ENDORSE PERSONAL RIGHT TO OWN GUN. New York Times. 2008 Jun 27;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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