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
McCarty, M. (2003). Discovering genes are made of DNA. Nature 421, 406.
A journal article with 2 authors
Watson, E. B., and Harrison, T. M. (2005). Zircon thermometer reveals minimum melting conditions on earliest Earth. Science 308, 841–844.
A journal article with 3 authors
Thommes, E. W., Matsumura, S., and Rasio, F. A. (2008). Gas disks to gas giants: simulating the birth of planetary systems. Science 321, 814–817.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Festenstein, R., Pagakis, S. N., Hiragami, K., Lyon, D., Verreault, A., Sekkali, B., et al. (2003). Modulation of heterochromatin protein 1 dynamics in primary Mammalian cells. Science 299, 719–721.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Cheremisinoff, N. P. (2013). Industrial Gas Flaring Practices. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Haken, H. (2005). The Physics of Atoms and Quanta: Introduction to Experiments and Theory. Seventh Revised and Enlarged Edition With 300 Figures, 30 Tables, 177 Problems and Solutions. , eds. H. C. Wolf and W. D. Brewer Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Yang, J., Ma, X., Hou, C., and Yao, Z. (2008). “A Static Multiprocessor Scheduling Algorithm for Arbitrary Directed Task Graphs in Uncertain Environments,” in Algorithms and Architectures for Parallel Processing: 8th International Conference, ICA3PP 2008, Cyprus, June 9-11, 2008 Proceedings Lecture Notes in Computer Science., eds. A. G. Bourgeois and S. Q. Zheng (Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer), 18–29.

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
Taub, B. (2016). Indian Woman In Her Seventies Gives Birth To First Child. 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 (1992). Drug Education: Rural Programs Have Many Components and Most Rely Heavily on Federal Funds. 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
Sokoya, K. (2014). A Historical Analysis of the Contributions of the Black Power Movement to Higher Education: 1960 – 1980.

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
Pilon, M. (2013). I.O.C. Nominates American, Signaling A Thaw in Relations. New York Times, B12.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (McCarty, 2003).
This sentence cites two references (McCarty, 2003; Watson and Harrison, 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Watson and Harrison, 2005)
  • Three or more authors: (Festenstein et al., 2003)

About the journal

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

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