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
Abeles, M. (2004). Neuroscience. Time is precious. Science 304, 523–524.
A journal article with 2 authors
Wandzioch, E., and Zaret, K. S. (2009). Dynamic signaling network for the specification of embryonic pancreas and liver progenitors. Science 324, 1707–1710.
A journal article with 3 authors
Daubin, V., Moran, N. A., and Ochman, H. (2003). Phylogenetics and the cohesion of bacterial genomes. Science 301, 829–832.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Socoliuc, A., Gnecco, E., Maier, S., Pfeiffer, O., Baratoff, A., Bennewitz, R., et al. (2006). Atomic-scale control of friction by actuation of nanometer-sized contacts. Science 313, 207–210.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bonk, C. J. (2011). The World is Open. San Francisco, CA, USA: Jossey-Bass.
An edited book
Chamberlin, P., Pesnell, W. D., and Thompson, B. eds. (2012). The Solar Dynamics Observatory. New York, NY: Springer US.
A chapter in an edited book
Nakatani, A., and Shimokawa, T. (2007). “Microstructural Evolution in Crystalline Metal Induced by Plastic Deformation,” in IUTAM Symposium on Mechanical Behavior and Micro-Mechanics of Nanostructured Materials: Proceedings of the IUTAM Symposium held in Beijing, China, June 27–30, 2005 Solid Mechanics and its Applications., eds. Y. L. Bai, Q. S. Zheng, and Y. G. Wei (Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands), 25–35.

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
Hale, T. (2017). Mice Have Been A Close Companion Of Humans For 15,000 Years. 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 (1974). Space Transportation System. 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
Schloesser, K. (2010). Improving services for persons with developmental disabilities through the utilization of person-centered thinking: A grant-writing project.

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
Belson, K., and Pilon, M. (2012). Felix’s 200-Meter Win May Help Settle the 100. New York Times, SP7.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Abeles, 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Abeles, 2004; Wandzioch and Zaret, 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Wandzioch and Zaret, 2009)
  • Three or more authors: (Socoliuc et al., 2006)

About the journal

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

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