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
Sakurai, M. (2011). Perspective: Herbal dangers. Nature 480, S97.
A journal article with 2 authors
Hyde, J. S., and Linn, M. C. (2006). Diversity. Gender similarities in mathematics and science. Science 314, 599–600.
A journal article with 3 authors
Tuthill, P. G., Monnier, J. D., and Danchi, W. C. (2001). A dusty torus around the luminous young star LkH alpha101. Nature 409, 1012–1014.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Engelkes, T., Morriën, E., Verhoeven, K. J. F., Bezemer, T. M., Biere, A., Harvey, J. A., et al. (2008). Successful range-expanding plants experience less above-ground and below-ground enemy impact. Nature 456, 946–948.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Gordon, J. (2009). Training Camp. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Mazzola, G. (2016). All About Music: The Complete Ontology: Realities, Semiotics, Communication, and Embodiment. , eds. M. Mannone, Y. Pang, M. O’Brien, and N. Torunsky Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Ellis, J. (2014). “Supersymmetric fits after the Higgs discovery and implications for model building,” in Supersymmetry After the Higgs Discovery, eds. I. Antoniadis and D. Ghilencea (Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer), 59–69.

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
Andrew, E. (2015). Giraffes Aren’t Dangerous – But They Will Soon Be Endangered. IFLScience. Available at: [Accessed October 30, 2018].


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 (2013). Public Transit: FTA’s Process for Overseeing Compliance with Federal Civil Rights Requirements Incorporates Key Federal Practices. 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
Milner, M. (2009). An evaluation of the influence of case method instruction on the reflective thinking of MSW students.

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
Slotnik, D. E. (2017). Kenny Sears, 83, Sharpshooting Forward for the Knicks. New York Times, A28.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Sakurai, 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Hyde and Linn, 2006; Sakurai, 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Hyde and Linn, 2006)
  • Three or more authors: (Engelkes et al., 2008)

About the journal

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

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