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
Morris, M.R. (2004) Astronomy. Glimpsing matter at the brink. Science, 304, 689–692.
A journal article with 2 authors
Kang, T.M. & Hilgemann, D.W. (2004) Multiple transport modes of the cardiac Na+/Ca2+ exchanger. Nature, 427, 544–548.
A journal article with 3 authors
Patek, S.N., Korff, W.L., & Caldwell, R.L. (2004) Biomechanics: deadly strike mechanism of a mantis shrimp. Nature, 428, 819–820.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Ishikawa, K., Takenaga, K., Akimoto, M., Koshikawa, N., Yamaguchi, A., Imanishi, H., Nakada, K., Honma, Y., & Hayashi, J.-I. (2008) ROS-generating mitochondrial DNA mutations can regulate tumor cell metastasis. Science, 320, 661–664.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ghaye, T. (2008) Developing the Reflective Healthcare Team. Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford, UK.
An edited book
Liebscher, A. & Münch, U. (2015) Geological Storage of CO2 – Long Term Security Aspects: GEOTECHNOLOGIEN Science Report No. 22, Advanced Technologies in Earth Sciences. Springer International Publishing, Cham.
A chapter in an edited book
Holbrow, C.H., Lloyd, J.N., Amato, J.C., Galvez, E., & Parks, M.E. (2010) Gas Laws. In Lloyd, J.N., Amato, J.C., Galvez, E., & Parks, M.E. (eds), Modern Introductory Physics. Springer, New York, NY, pp. 83–108.

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
Davis, J. (2017) Sauropods’ Tooth-Like Backbones May Have Helped Them Grow Long Necks [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 (2001) JFMIP: Acquisition/Financial Systems Interface Requirements (Exposure Draft) ( No. JFMIP-SR-01-03). 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
Parker, H.A. (2017) Virtual Mate Poaching: A study of the tactics used to poach a potential mate on Social Networking Sites (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
Park, L.S. (2015) Look on the Bright Side. New York Times, BR18.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Morris, 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Kang & Hilgemann, 2004; Morris, 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Kang & Hilgemann, 2004)
  • Three or more authors: (Ishikawa et al., 2008)

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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