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
Patek, S. N. (2014). Materials science. Biomimetics and evolution. Science 345, 1448–1449.
A journal article with 2 authors
Siaj, M., and McBreen, P. H. (2005). Creating, varying, and growing single-site molecular contacts. Science 309, 588–590.
A journal article with 3 authors
Chen, Y., Emerson, J. J., and Martin, T. M. (2005). Evolutionary genomics: codon volatility does not detect selection. Nature 433, E6-7; discussion E7-8.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Chen, C.-Z., Li, L., Lodish, H. F., and Bartel, D. P. (2004). MicroRNAs modulate hematopoietic lineage differentiation. Science 303, 83–86.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
El-Reedy, M. A. (2011). Construction Management for Industrial Projects. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Webber, C. F., and Lupart, J. L. eds. (2012). Leading Student Assessment. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
McLaurin, B. T., Elliott, A. C., and Torres, N. (2012). “Erratum to: Reconstructing Human-Landscape Interactions – Volume I,” in Reconstructing Human-Landscape Interactions - Volume 1: Interpreting Desert and Fluvial Environments SpringerBriefs in Earth System Sciences., eds. A. C. Elliott and N. Torres (Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer), E1–E1.

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
Carpineti, A. (2016). New Early Warning System Can Predict Tornadoes 30 Minutes Before They Hit The Ground. 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 (1995). Guaranteed Student Loans: Actions to Ensure Continued Student Access to Subsidized Loans. 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
Carpenter, D. M. (2009). Understanding the effect of conflicting information on medication adherence for vasculitis patients.

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
Feeney, K. (2010). Sand, Surf and Quesadillas. New York Times, NJ8.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Patek, 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Siaj and McBreen, 2005; Patek, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Siaj and McBreen, 2005)
  • Three or more authors: (Chen et al., 2004)

About the journal

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

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