How to format your references using the European Journal of Neuroscience citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for European Journal of Neuroscience. 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
Kump, L. (2005) Ocean science. Ironing out biosphere oxidation. Science, 307, 1058–1059.
A journal article with 2 authors
Kawasaki, H. & Taira, K. (2003) Hes1 is a target of microRNA-23 during retinoic-acid-induced neuronal differentiation of NT2 cells. Nature, 423, 838–842.
A journal article with 3 authors
Achlioptas, D., D’Souza, R.M., & Spencer, J. (2009) Explosive percolation in random networks. Science, 323, 1453–1455.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Kellie, J.F., Higgs, R.E., Ryder, J.W., Major, A., Beach, T.G., Adler, C.H., Merchant, K., & Knierman, M.D. (2014) Quantitative measurement of intact alpha-synuclein proteoforms from post-mortem control and Parkinson’s disease brain tissue by intact protein mass spectrometry. Sci. Rep., 4, 5797.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Reeve, W.D. (2006) DC Power System Design for Telecommunications. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Cattaneo, A.S., Giaquinto, A., & Xu, P. (2011) Higher Structures in Geometry and Physics: In Honor of Murray Gerstenhaber and Jim Stasheff, Progress in Mathematics. Birkhäuser, Boston, MA.
A chapter in an edited book
den Besten, M., David, P.A., & Schroeder, R. (2010) Research in e-Science and Open Access to Data and Information. In Hunsinger, J., Klastrup, L., & Allen, M. (eds), International Handbook of Internet Research. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, pp. 65–96.

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 European Journal of Neuroscience.

Blog post
Hamilton, K. (2016) Global Warming To Expose More People To Zika-Spreading Mosquito Aedes Aegypti [WWW Document]. IFLScience,. URL


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 (2014) Fusion Energy: Actions Needed to Finalize Cost and Schedule Estimates for U.S. Contributions to an International Experimental Reactor ( No. GAO-14-499). U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Kratovac, S. (2012) Developmental alterations in inhibitory neurotransmission in the Fragile X Syndrome mouse basolateral amygdala (Doctoral dissertation).

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
Poniewozik, J. (2017) The Unending Struggle for Gay Rights. New York Times, C2.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Kump, 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Kawasaki & Taira, 2003; Kump, 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Kawasaki & Taira, 2003)
  • Three or more authors: (Kellie et al., 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleEuropean Journal of Neuroscience
AbbreviationEur. J. Neurosci.
ISSN (print)0953-816X
ISSN (online)1460-9568
ScopeGeneral Neuroscience

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