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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Current Neurology and 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. Keil FC. Psychology. Science starts early. Science. 2011;331:1022–3.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. Nanus DM, Giannakakou P. CANCER. Cancer therapies that are gone with the Wnt. Science. 2015;349:1283–4.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. Ruder WC, Lu T, Collins JJ. Synthetic biology moving into the clinic. Science. 2011;333:1248–52.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
1. He H, Wang Y, Ma Q, Ma J, Chu B, Ji D, et al. Mineral dust and NOx promote the conversion of SO2 to sulfate in heavy pollution days. Sci Rep. 2014;4:4172.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. Malhotra G. Chemical Process Simplification. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2010.
An edited book
1. Chudnovsky D, Chudnovsky G, editors. Additive Number Theory: Festschrift In Honor of the Sixtieth Birthday of Melvyn B. Nathanson. 1st ed. New York, NY: Springer; 2010.
A chapter in an edited book
1. Tseng SM, Zhang K, Wu SF, Ma K-L, Teoh ST, Zhao X. Analysis of BGP Origin AS Changes Among Brazil-Related Autonomous Systems. In: Medhi D, Nogueira JM, Pfeifer T, Wu SF, editors. IP Operations and Management: 7th IEEE International Workshop, IPOM 2007 San José, USA, October 31 - November 2, 2007 Proceedings. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2007. p. 49–60.

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 Neurology and Neuroscience Reports.

Blog post
1. Andrew E. Study Reveals Discrimination Starts Before Grad School [Internet]. IFLScience. IFLScience; 2014 [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. Patent Policy: Recent Changes in Federal Law Considered Beneficial. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1987 Apr. Report No.: RCED-87-44.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1. Mylonas A. “Women are the pillars of the family”: Athenian women’s survival strategies during economic crisis [Doctoral dissertation]. [Long Beach, CA]: California State University, Long Beach; 2014.

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. Wagner J. Backup Catcher’s Unlikely Three-Run Blast Helps Nationals Even Series. New York Times. 2016 Oct 10;D3.

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 Neurology and Neuroscience Reports
AbbreviationCurr. Neurol. Neurosci. Rep.
ISSN (print)1528-4042
ISSN (online)1534-6293
ScopeClinical Neurology
General Neuroscience

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