How to format your references using the Frontiers in Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Frontiers in Auditory Cognitive 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
Wadman, M. (2001). US blood ban underlines CJD fears. Nature 412, 7.
A journal article with 2 authors
Sagan, S. M., and Sarnow, P. (2013). Molecular biology. RNAi, Antiviral after all. Science 342, 207–208.
A journal article with 3 authors
Yin, J., Sun, Y., and Ge, F. (2014). Reduced plant nutrition under elevated CO₂ depresses the immunocompetence of cotton bollworm against its endoparasite. Sci. Rep. 4, 4538.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Lamers, M. H., Perrakis, A., Enzlin, J. H., Winterwerp, H. H., de Wind, N., and Sixma, T. K. (2000). The crystal structure of DNA mismatch repair protein MutS binding to a G x T mismatch. Nature 407, 711–717.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bhalla, S., Moharana, S., Talakokula, V., and Kaur, N. (2016). Piezoelectric Materials. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Shapiro, D. L. (2015). Risk Assessment: Origins, Evolution, and Implications for Practice. , ed. A. M. Noe Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Domeniconi, G., Moro, G., Pasolini, R., and Sartori, C. (2015). “Iterative Refining of Category Profiles for Nearest Centroid Cross-Domain Text Classification,” in Knowledge Discovery, Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management: 6th International Joint Conference, IC3K 2014, Rome, Italy, October 21-24, 2014, Revised Selected Papers Communications in Computer and Information Science., eds. A. Fred, J. L. G. Dietz, D. Aveiro, K. Liu, and J. Filipe (Cham: Springer International Publishing), 50–67.

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 Frontiers in Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience.

Blog post
Luntz, S. (2015). Oceans Endure on Super-Earths. IFLScience.


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 (1973). Bureau of Indian Affairs Contracts for Automatic Data Processing Management Services, and for Development of a Management Information System at the Colorado River Indian Reservation. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Karriem, K. L. (2010). The relationship between stress and emotional intelligence among direct-care workers.

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
St. John Kelly, E. (1993). PLAYING IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD. New York Times, 139.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Wadman, 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Sagan and Sarnow, 2013; Wadman, 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Sagan and Sarnow, 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Lamers et al., 2000)

About the journal

Full journal titleFrontiers in Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience
AbbreviationFront. Psychol.
ISSN (online)1664-1078
ScopeGeneral Psychology

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