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
Shindell, D. (2003). Climate change. Whither Arctic climate? Science 299, 215–216.
A journal article with 2 authors
Caffrey, D. R., and Fitzgerald, K. A. (2012). Immunology. Select inflammasome assembly. Science 336, 420–421.
A journal article with 3 authors
Manoharan, H. C., Lutz, C. P., and Eigler, D. M. (2000). Quantum mirages formed by coherent projection of electronic structure. Nature 403, 512–515.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Altschuler, S. J., Angenent, S. B., Wang, Y., and Wu, L. F. (2008). On the spontaneous emergence of cell polarity. Nature 454, 886–889.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Homès, B. (2012). Fundamentals of Software Testing. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Gobelet, C. (2006). Vocational Rehabilitation. , ed. F. Franchignoni Paris: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Dragonas, J., Doulamis, A., Miaoulis, G., and Plemenos, D. (2010). “Collaborative Foreground Background Object Isolation and Tracking,” in Intelligent Computer Graphics 2010 Studies in Computational Intelligence., eds. D. Plemenos and G. Miaoulis (Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer), 67–84.

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
Fang, J. (2014). Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is a Sunburn. 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 (1977). NASA’s Resource Data Base and Techniques for Supporting, Planning, and Controlling Programs Need Improvement. 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
Frederique, N. P. (2010). The effectiveness of school based intensive probation for reducing recidivism: An evaluation of Maryland’s Spotlight on Schools program.

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
Sisario, B. (2017). Lamar Debuts at No. 1. New York Times, C3.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Shindell, 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Shindell, 2003; Caffrey and Fitzgerald, 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Caffrey and Fitzgerald, 2012)
  • Three or more authors: (Altschuler 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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