How to format your references using the Frontiers in Brain Imaging Methods citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Frontiers in Brain Imaging Methods. 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
Bizzarro, M. (2014). Planetary science. Probing the solar system’s prenatal history. Science 345, 620–621.
A journal article with 2 authors
Raser, J. M., and O’Shea, E. K. (2004). Control of stochasticity in eukaryotic gene expression. Science 304, 1811–1814.
A journal article with 3 authors
Sasaki, M., Takagi, M., and Okamura, Y. (2006). A voltage sensor-domain protein is a voltage-gated proton channel. Science 312, 589–592.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Kohl, I., Bachmann, L., Mayer, E., Hallbrucker, A., and Loerting, T. (2005). Water Behaviour: glass transition in hyperquenched water? Nature 435, E1; discussion E1-2.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Prutchi, D., and Norris, M. (2004). Design and Development of Medical Electronic Instrumentation. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
David, R. (2005). Discrete, Continuous, and Hybrid Petri Nets. , ed. H. Alla Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Carey, A., Gesztesy, F., Levitina, G., and Sukochev, F. (2016). “The Spectral Shift Function and the Witten Index,” in Spectral Theory and Mathematical Physics Operator Theory: Advances and Applications., eds. M. Mantoiu, G. Raikov, and R. Tiedra de Aldecoa (Cham: Springer International Publishing), 71–105.

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 Brain Imaging Methods.

Blog post
Carpineti, A. (2017). Now Everyone Can Help Astronomers Hunt Down Supernovae. IFLScience.


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 (1984). A List of Selected GAO Publications Containing Checklists or Guidance on Computer Software Topics. 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
Wuite, J. (2006). Spatial and Temporal Dynamics of Three East Antarctic Outlet Glaciers and Their Floating Ice Tongues.

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
Wagner, J. (2016). Mets’ Familia Arrested in Domestic Violence Case; 2017 Status in Doubt. New York Times, B13.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Bizzarro, 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Raser and O’Shea, 2004; Bizzarro, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Raser and O’Shea, 2004)
  • Three or more authors: (Kohl et al., 2005)

About the journal

Full journal titleFrontiers in Brain Imaging Methods
AbbreviationFront. Neurosci.
ISSN (online)1662-453X
ScopeGeneral Neuroscience

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