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
Deshaies, R. J. (2014). Structural biology: Corralling a protein-degradation regulator. Nature 512, 145–146.
A journal article with 2 authors
Kaufman, A. J., and Xiao, S. (2003). High CO2 levels in the Proterozoic atmosphere estimated from analyses of individual microfossils. Nature 425, 279–282.
A journal article with 3 authors
Stuphorn, V., Taylor, T. L., and Schall, J. D. (2000). Performance monitoring by the supplementary eye field. Nature 408, 857–860.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Zhu, Z., Jiang, H.-C., Sheng, D. N., and Weng, Z.-Y. (2014). Nature of strong hole pairing in doped Mott antiferromagnets. Sci. Rep. 4, 5419.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Vaseghi, S. V. (2001). Advanced Digital Signal Processing and Noise Reduction. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Sabbadini, L. (2005). Protocollo per la valutazione delle Abilità Prassiche e della Coordinazione Motoria APCM. , eds. Y. Tsafrir and E. Iurato Milano: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Liu, L. (2013). “Green Energy in China,” in Green Low-Carbon Development in China, eds. J. Xue, Z. Zhao, Y. Dai, and B. Wang (Cham: Springer International Publishing), 103–126.

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. (2015). Where Are The Missing Gravitational Waves? 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 (2013). Building Partner Capacity: Actions Needed to Strengthen DOD Efforts to Assess the Performance of the Regional Centers for Security Studies. 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
Santoso, E. (2012). Intellectual capital in Indonesia: The influence on financial performance of banking industry.

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
Kishkovsky, S. (2011). Russian Orthodox Church Adds Influential Voice to Calls for Election Reform. New York Times, A7.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Deshaies, 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Kaufman and Xiao, 2003; Deshaies, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Kaufman and Xiao, 2003)
  • Three or more authors: (Zhu et al., 2014)

About the journal

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

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