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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Frontiers in Cellular 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
Smaglik, P. (2005). Tale of two surveys. Nature 434, 539.
A journal article with 2 authors
Sakaguchi, S., and Powrie, F. (2007). Emerging challenges in regulatory T cell function and biology. Science 317, 627–629.
A journal article with 3 authors
Nowak, M. A., Komarova, N. L., and Niyogi, P. (2002). Computational and evolutionary aspects of language. Nature 417, 611–617.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Nieuwenhuis, J., Adamopoulos, A., Bleijerveld, O. B., Mazouzi, A., Stickel, E., Celie, P., et al. (2017). Vasohibins encode tubulin detyrosinating activity. Science 358, 1453–1456.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Dormieux, L., and Kondo, D. (2016). Micromechanics of Fracture and Damage. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Studený, M. (2005). On Probabilistic Conditional Independence Structures. , eds. M. Jordan, J. Kleinberg, B. Schölkopf, F. P. Kelly, and I. Witten London: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Nikulin, M., and Wu, H.-D. I. (2016). “The AFT, GPH, LT, Frailty, and GLPH Models,” in The Cox Model and Its Applications SpringerBriefs in Statistics., ed. H.-D. I. Wu (Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer), 53–62.

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 Cellular Neuroscience.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2013). Three New Species of Antechinus Discovered in Australia. IFLScience. Available at: https://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/three-new-species-antechinus-discovered-australia/ [Accessed October 30, 2018].

Reports

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 (2006). Internet Protocol Version 6: Federal Government in Early Stages of Transition and Key Challenges Remain. 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
Baciu, A. B. (2010). Biopolitics and the influenza pandemics of 1918 and 2009 in the United States: Power, immunity, and the law.

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
Kenigsberg, B. (2017). Film Series. New York Times, C23.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Smaglik, 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Smaglik, 2005; Sakaguchi and Powrie, 2007).

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

  • Two authors: (Sakaguchi and Powrie, 2007)
  • Three or more authors: (Nieuwenhuis et al., 2017)

About the journal

Full journal titleFrontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
AbbreviationFront. Cell. Neurosci.
ISSN (online)1662-5102
ScopeCellular and Molecular Neuroscience

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