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
Kaplan, K. (2009) Unmasking the impostor. Nature, 459, 468–469.
A journal article with 2 authors
van der Goes van Naters, W. & Carlson, J.R. (2006) Insects as chemosensors of humans and crops. Nature, 444, 302–307.
A journal article with 3 authors
Roberts, L., Stone, R., & Sugden, A. (2009) The rise of restoration ecology. Science, 325, 555.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Lou, K., Qian, S.-X., Ren, Z.-C., Tu, C., Li, Y., & Wang, H.-T. (2013) Femtosecond laser processing by using patterned vector optical fields. Sci. Rep., 3, 2281.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
DiMarzio, J.F. (2016) Beginning Android® Programming with Android Studio. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana.
An edited book
Liu, J. (2005) Autonomy Oriented Computing: From Problem Solving to Complex Systems Modeling, Multiagent Systems, Artificial Societies, and Simulated Organizations, International Book Series. Springer US, Boston, MA.
A chapter in an edited book
Aitken, C., Stephenson, C., & Brinkworth, R. (2010) Process Classification Frameworks. In vom Brocke, J. & Rosemann, M. (eds), Handbook on Business Process Management 2: Strategic Alignment, Governance, People and Culture. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 73–92.

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. (2017) Ridiculously Enormous Alligator Captured On Camera [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 (1986) Deaf Education: Costs and Student Characteristics at Federally Assisted Schools ( No. HRD-86-64BR). 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
Wang, B. (2017) An Embedded Method for Near-Wellbore Streamline Simulation (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
Vecsey, G. (2010) Petty Remains Nascar’s Once-and-Always King. New York Times, SP8.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Hogan, 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Szathmáry, 2006; Oppenheim, 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (van der Goes van Naters & Carlson, 2006)
  • Three or more authors: (Talavera et al., 2005)

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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