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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Frontiers in Autonomic 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
Assad, J. A. (2014). Neuroscience: Updating views of visual updating. Nature 507, 434–435.
A journal article with 2 authors
Watkins, N. W., and Freeman, M. P. (2008). Geoscience. Natural complexity. Science 320, 323–324.
A journal article with 3 authors
Law, R. M., Matear, R. J., and Francey, R. J. (2008). Comment on “Saturation of the southern ocean CO2 sink due to recent climate change.” Science 319, 570; author reply 570.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Man, W., Megens, M., Steinhardt, P. J., and Chaikin, P. M. (2005). Experimental measurement of the photonic properties of icosahedral quasicrystals. Nature 436, 993–996.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Yao, Y., and Liu, S. (2014). Ultrasonic Technology for Desiccant Regeneration. Singapore: John Wiley & Sons Singapore Pte. Ltd.
An edited book
István, F., Bitó, J., and Bakki, P. eds. (2008). Advances in Mobile and Wireless Communications: Views of the 16th IST Mobile and Wireless Communication Summit. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Meneguzzi, F., and Luck, M. (2008). “Composing High-Level Plans for Declarative Agent Programming,” in Declarative Agent Languages and Technologies V: 5th International Workshop, DALT 2007, Honolulu, HI, USA, May 14, 2007, Revised Selected and Invited Papers Lecture Notes in Computer Science., eds. M. Baldoni, T. C. Son, M. B. van Riemsdijk, and M. Winikoff (Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer), 69–85.

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 Autonomic Neuroscience.

Blog post
Davis, J. (2017). Biologists Are Hoping A “Tinder For Orangutans” Will Get Females To Swipe Right. 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 (2003). Major Management Challenges and Program Risks: National Aeronautics and Space Administration. 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
Vargo, G. (2010). Social protest and the novel: Chartism, the radical press, and early Victorian fiction.

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
Branch, J. (2016). Short, Hard Climb (So He Hoped). New York Times, D1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Assad, 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Watkins and Freeman, 2008; Assad, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Watkins and Freeman, 2008)
  • Three or more authors: (Man et al., 2005)

About the journal

Full journal titleFrontiers in Autonomic Neuroscience
AbbreviationFront. Neurol.
ISSN (online)1664-2295
ScopeClinical Neurology

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