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
Gingerich O. 2000. Tycho and the ton of gold. Nature 403:251.
A journal article with 2 authors
Besenbacher F, Nørskov JK. 2000. SURFACE SCIENCE: How to Power a Nanomotor. Science 290:1520.
A journal article with 3 authors
Saalmann YB, Pigarev IN, Vidyasagar TR. 2007. Neural mechanisms of visual attention: how top-down feedback highlights relevant locations. Science 316:1612–1615.
A journal article with 13 or more authors
Murakami S, Nakashima R, Yamashita E, Yamaguchi A. 2002. Crystal structure of bacterial multidrug efflux transporter AcrB. Nature 419:587–593.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Hens H. 2012. Building Physics - Heat, Air and Moisture. Berlin, Germany: Ernst & Sohn Verlag für Architektur und technische Wissenschaften GmbH & Co. KG.
An edited book
Camarinha-Matos LM, Picard W, editors. 2008. Pervasive Collaborative Networks: IFIP TC 5 WG 5.5 Ninth Working Conference on VIRTUAL ENTERPRISES, September 8-10, 2008, Poznan, Poland. Boston, MA: Springer US. XVI, 640 p p.
A chapter in an edited book
Agrawal A, Gopal K. 2013. Challenges of Fish Diversity in Polluted Water. In: Gopal K, editor. Biomonitoring of Water and Waste Water, New Delhi: Springer India, p 49–57.

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
Fang J. 2014. IFLScience. https://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/oldest-human-poop-tells-us-what-neanderthals-ate/. 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. 1996.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Strand K. 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
Baker L. 2005. New York Times.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Gingerich, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Besenbacher and Nørskov, 2000; Gingerich, 2000).

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

  • Two authors: (Besenbacher and Nørskov, 2000)
  • Three or more authors: (Murakami et al., 2002)

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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