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
Kerr, R.A. (2000) SAVING KYOTO: A Well-Intentioned Cleanup Gets Mixed Reviews. Science, 290, 921.
A journal article with 2 authors
Kagaya, K. & Takahata, M. (2011) Sequential synaptic excitation and inhibition shape readiness discharge for voluntary behavior. Science, 332, 365–368.
A journal article with 3 authors
Sagy, A., Reches, Z., & Fineberg, J. (2002) Dynamic fracture by large extraterrestrial impacts as the origin of shatter cones. Nature, 418, 310–313.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Custers, J., Gegenwart, P., Wilhelm, H., Neumaier, K., Tokiwa, Y., Trovarelli, O., Geibel, C., Steglich, F., Pépin, C., & Coleman, P. (2003) The break-up of heavy electrons at a quantum critical point. Nature, 424, 524–527.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Mallios, W.S. (2010) Forecasting in Financial and Sports Gambling Markets. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Kallio, K.P., Mills, S., & Skelton, T. (2016) Politics, Citizenship and Rights, 1st ed. 2016. edn, Geographies of Children and Young People. Springer, Singapore.
A chapter in an edited book
Prain, V., Lovejoy, V., & Edwards, D. (2015) “It’s Not a Plug-In Product.” In Prain, V., Cox, P., Deed, C., Edwards, D., Farrelly, C., Keeffe, M., Lovejoy, V., Mow, L., Sellings, P., & Waldrip, B. (eds), Personalising Learning in Open-Plan Schools. SensePublishers, Rotterdam, pp. 77–94.

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) Polar Bears Are On A Sea Ice “Treadmill” That Is Speeding Up [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 (2011) Space Acquisitions: Development and Oversight Challenges in Delivering Improved Space Situational Awareness Capabilities ( No. GAO-11-545). 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
Miller, T. (2014) A qualitative phenomenological study: Hiring nurses re-entering the workforce after chemical dependence (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
Wagner, J. (2017) Mets’ Leadoff Hitter Technically Is Not Missing, but His Bat Has Vanished. New York Times, SP3.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Kerr, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Kerr, 2000; Kagaya & Takahata, 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Kagaya & Takahata, 2011)
  • Three or more authors: (Custers et al., 2003)

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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