How to format your references using the Current Opinion in Neurobiology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Current Opinion in Neurobiology. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
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Dolgin E: Therapeutics: Negative feedback. Nature 2014, 508:S10-1.
A journal article with 2 authors
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Welsh RM, Selin LK: Attrition of memory CD8 T cells. Nature 2009, 459:E3-4; discussion E4.
A journal article with 3 authors
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Gavazzi G, Bisio A, Pozzo T: Time perception of visual motion is tuned by the motor representation of human actions. Sci Rep 2013, 3:1168.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
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Modis Y, Ogata S, Clements D, Harrison SC: Structure of the dengue virus envelope protein after membrane fusion. Nature 2004, 427:313–319.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
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Massotte P, Corsi P: Smart Decisions in Complex Systems. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2017.
An edited book
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Hoppe R (Ed): Optimization with PDE Constraints: ESF Networking Program “OPTPDE.” Springer International Publishing; 2014.
A chapter in an edited book
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Zacher J: Synovectomy of Rheumatoid Joints. In Local Treatment of Inflammatory Joint Diseases: Benefits and Risks. Edited by Kampen WU, Fischer M. Springer International Publishing; 2015:71–78.

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 Opinion in Neurobiology.

Blog post
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Hale T: Trouble Sleeping? Scientists Say Go Camping For The Weekend. IFLScience 2017,

Reports

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
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Government Accountability Office: Digests of Decisions of the Comptroller General of the United States, Vol. I. No. 1. U.S. Government Printing Office; 1989.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
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Soma VM: A particle filter methodology for salient object detection in videos. 2016,

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
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Greenhouse L: Justices Hear Arguments On Late-Term Abortion. New York Times 2006,

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 Opinion in Neurobiology
AbbreviationCurr. Opin. Neurobiol.
ISSN (print)0959-4388
ISSN (online)1873-6882
ScopeGeneral Neuroscience

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