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. Brauer J. Establishing indicators for biodiversity. Science. 2005;308:791–2; author reply 791-2.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. Maund JR, Smartt SJ. The disappearance of the progenitors of supernovae 1993J and 2003gd. Science. 2009;324:486–8.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. Gu Y, Lee W, Shen J. Site-2 protease responds to oxidative stress and regulates oxidative injury in mammalian cells. Sci Rep. 2014;4:6268.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
1. Barends TRM, Hartmann E, Griese JJ, Beitlich T, Kirienko NV, Ryjenkov DA, et al. Structure and mechanism of a bacterial light-regulated cyclic nucleotide phosphodiesterase. Nature. 2009;459:1015–8.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. Shaw MT. Introduction to Polymer Rheology. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2011.
An edited book
1. Fogliatto FS, da Silveira GJC, editors. Mass Customization: Engineering and Managing Global Operations. London: Springer; 2011.
A chapter in an edited book
1. Folorunso Olufemi A, Sunar MS, Jusoh NM. Improved Incremental Orthogonal Centroid Algorithm for Visualising Pipeline Sensor Datasets. In: Badioze Zaman H, Robinson P, Petrou M, Olivier P, Shih TK, Velastin S, et al., editors. Visual Informatics: Sustaining Research and Innovations: Second International Visual Informatics Conference, IVIC 2011, Selangor, Malaysia, November 9-11, 2011, Proceedings, Part I. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2011. p. 24–35.

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. Evolved Sense of Smell Turned Certain Fruit Flies Into Vegetarians [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. Problems Persist in Justice’s ADP Management and Organizations. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1990 Dec. Report No.: T-IMTEC-91-2.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1. Tetley J. An investigation of self-authorship, hope, and meaning in life among second-year college students [Doctoral dissertation]. [Washington, DC]: George Washington University; 2009.

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. Cowan AL. Family’s Tenacity and Wealth Put Skakel at Cusp of Freedom. New York Times. 2013 Nov 20;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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