How to format your references using the Developmental Neurobiology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Developmental 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.
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
Yellen G. 2002. The voltage-gated potassium channels and their relatives. Nature 419:35–42.
A journal article with 2 authors
Berenbaum MR, Eisner T. 2008. Ecology. Bugs’ bugs. Science 322:52–53.
A journal article with 3 authors
Chandrappa GT, Steunou N, Livage J. 2002. Materials chemistry: macroporous crystalline vanadium oxide foam. Nature 416:702.
A journal article with 13 or more authors
Yamaguchi Y, Filipovska J, Yano K, Furuya A, Inukai N, Narita T, Wada T, Sugimoto S, Konarska MM, Handa H. 2001. Stimulation of RNA polymerase II elongation by hepatitis delta antigen. Science 293:124–127.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Schober H. 2015. Transparent Shells. Berlin, Germany: Wilhelm Ernst & Sohn, Verlag für Architektur und technische Wissenschaften GmbH & Co. KG.
An edited book
Abu el Ata N. 2014. Solving the Dynamic Complexity Dilemma: Predictive and Prescriptive Business Management: Answering the Need for a New Paradigm. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer. XXVI, 281 p. 92 illus., 6 illus. in color p.
A chapter in an edited book
Halmenschlager CM, Andrade MJ de, Tarragó DP, Fraga Malfatti C de. 2011. Nanostructured Materials for Energy Applications. In: Bergmann CP, Andrade MJ de, editors. Nanostructured Materials for Engineering Applications, Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, p 57–73.

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 Developmental Neurobiology.

Blog post
Andrew E. 2015. IFLScience. https://www.iflscience.com/technology/blind-man-now-able-see-shapes-thanks-bionic-eye/. Accessed October 30, 2018.

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
Government Accountability Office. 1989.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Shah SK. 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
Kishkovsky S. 2008. New York Times.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Yellen, 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Yellen, 2002; Berenbaum and Eisner, 2008).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Berenbaum and Eisner, 2008)
  • Three or more authors: (Yamaguchi et al., 2001)

About the journal

Full journal titleDevelopmental Neurobiology
AbbreviationDev. Neurobiol.
ISSN (print)1932-8451
ISSN (online)1932-846X
ScopeCellular and Molecular Neuroscience
Developmental Neuroscience

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