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
Soper, A.K. (2015) Physical chemistry: Square ice in a graphene sandwich. Nature, 519, 417–418.
A journal article with 2 authors
Shapiro, R.B. & Ossorio, P.N. (2013) Research ethics. Regulation of online social network studies. Science, 339, 144–145.
A journal article with 3 authors
Moore, S.W., Biais, N., & Sheetz, M.P. (2009) Traction on immobilized netrin-1 is sufficient to reorient axons. Science, 325, 166.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Nicastro, F., Mathur, S., Elvis, M., Drake, J., Fang, T., Fruscione, A., Krongold, Y., Marshall, H., Williams, R., & Zezas, A. (2005) The mass of the missing baryons in the X-ray forest of the warm-hot intergalactic medium. Nature, 433, 495–498.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Reiman, J. (2012) As Free and as Just as Possible. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK.
An edited book
Chronicas, J. (2007) European Aeronautics: The Southwestern Axis. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Wildschut, T., Sedikides, C., & Cordaro, F. (2011) Self-Regulatory Interplay Between Negative and Positive Emotions: The Case of Loneliness and Nostalgia. In Nyklíček, I., Vingerhoets, A., & Zeelenberg, M. (eds), Emotion Regulation and Well-Being. Springer, New York, NY, pp. 67–83.

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
Fang, J. (2014) New Finger Device Reads Books To The Blind [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 (2016) Advanced Technologies: Strengthened Federal Approach Needed to Help Identify and Mitigate Supply Risks for Critical Raw Materials ( No. GAO-16-699). 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
Gogri, D. (2017) Effect of Water Hardness on Adsorption of Lead From Aqueous Solutions Using Douglas Fir Biochar (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
Brantley, B. & Isherwood, C. (2016) Speaking Out and Listening Closely. New York Times, AR11.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Soper, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Shapiro & Ossorio, 2013; Soper, 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Shapiro & Ossorio, 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Nicastro 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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