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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Ward CD: Bordeaux mixture. Nature 2000, 404:337.
A journal article with 2 authors
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Karakas E, Furukawa H: Crystal structure of a heterotetrameric NMDA receptor ion channel. Science 2014, 344:992–997.
A journal article with 3 authors
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Kempner J, Perlis CS, Merz JF: Ethics. Forbidden knowledge. Science 2005, 307:854.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
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Brooks BA, Foster J, Sandwell D, Wolfe CJ, Okubo P, Poland M, Myer D: Magmatically triggered slow slip at Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii. Science 2008, 321:1177.

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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Minenna M: The Incomplete Currency: The Future of the Euro and Solutions for the Eurozone. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd; 2016.
An edited book
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Kuhn D: Generalized Bounds for Convex Multistage Stochastic Programs. Springer; 2005.
A chapter in an edited book
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Bertoni A, Valentini G: Ensembles Based on Random Projections to Improve the Accuracy of Clustering Algorithms. In Neural Nets: 16th Italian Workshop on Neural Nets, WIRN 2005, and International Workshop on Natural and Artificial Immune Systems, NAIS 2005, Vietri sul Mare, Italy, June 8-11, 2005, Revised Selected Papers. Edited by Apolloni B, Marinaro M, Nicosia G, Tagliaferri R. Springer; 2006:31–37.

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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Andrew E: Volunteer Discovers 70,000-Year-Old-Mammoth In Idaho Reservoir. IFLScience 2014,

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: Transportation Security Administration: High-Level Attention Needed to Strengthen Acquisition Function. U.S. Government Printing Office; 2004.

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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Caldretti M: Vocal Pedagogy and the Adolescent Female Singing Voice. 2017,

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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Cooper M: Met Opera Numbers Inch Up. New York Times 2017,

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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