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
Schnabel, J. (2010). Secrets of the shaking palsy. Nature 466, S2-5.
A journal article with 2 authors
Brüggen, M., and Kaiser, C. R. (2002). Hot bubbles from active galactic nuclei as a heat source in cooling-flow clusters. Nature 418, 301–303.
A journal article with 3 authors
de Jong, T., Linn, M. C., and Zacharia, Z. C. (2013). Physical and virtual laboratories in science and engineering education. Science 340, 305–308.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Goyal, S. K., Boukama-Dzoussi, P. E., Ghosh, S., Roux, F. S., and Konrad, T. (2014). Qudit-teleportation for photons with linear optics. Sci. Rep. 4, 4543.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Johnston, D. (2011). A Brief History of Justice. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.
An edited book
Kaushik, B. K. (2015). Carbon Nanotube Based VLSI Interconnects: Analysis and Design. , ed. M. K. Majumder New Delhi: Springer India.
A chapter in an edited book
Lausdahl, K. (2013). “Translating VDM to Alloy,” in Integrated Formal Methods: 10th International Conference, IFM 2013, Turku, Finland, June 10-14, 2013. Proceedings Lecture Notes in Computer Science., eds. E. B. Johnsen and L. Petre (Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer), 46–60.

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. (2014). Headway Made Toward HIV Vaccine. 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 (2001). Quality Assurance: The Fastener Quality Act’s Small-Lot Exemption. 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
Barger, B. (2014). A Quantitative Study of Educational Poverty, School Location, and Student Achievement Measured by the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA).

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
Kelly, K., and Bray, C. (2017). Held to Account. New York Times, B1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Schnabel, 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Brüggen and Kaiser, 2002; Schnabel, 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Brüggen and Kaiser, 2002)
  • Three or more authors: (Goyal et al., 2014)

About the journal

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

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