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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Frontiers in Computational 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
Collins, J. J. (2009). Journal club. A bioengineer gets schooled by Escherichia coli. Nature 460, 155.
A journal article with 2 authors
Einav, L., and Levin, J. (2014). Economics in the age of big data. Science 346, 1243089.
A journal article with 3 authors
Xing, L., Li, X., and Snider, W. D. (2015). Neurodevelopment. “RASopathic” astrocytes constrain neural plasticity. Science 348, 636–637.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Ando, T., Ito, H., Ohtaki, H., and Seishima, M. (2013). Toll-like receptor agonists and alpha-galactosylceramide synergistically enhance the production of interferon-gamma in murine splenocytes. Sci. Rep. 3, 2559.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Richards, T. (2014). Investing Psychology. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Belzen, J. A. ed. (2012). Psychology of Religion: Autobiographical Accounts. Boston, MA: Springer US.
A chapter in an edited book
Janks, D. L., and Roth, B. J. (2009). “The Bidomain Theory of Pacing,” in Cardiac Bioelectric Therapy: Mechanisms and Practical Implications, eds. I. R. Efimov, M. W. Kroll, and P. J. Tchou (Boston, MA: Springer US), 63–83.

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 Computational Neuroscience.

Blog post
Fang, J. (2014). Robotic Arms and Hands That Can Feel. 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 (1979). The Department of Health, Education, and Welfare’s Professional Standards Review Organization Program. 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
Greene, A. E. (2012). An Inquiry into Workplace Incivility: Perceptions of Working Graduate Students.

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
Rojas, R. (2015). An Undertaker’s Discovery Turns a Death Into a Murder Case. New York Times, A28.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Collins, 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Collins, 2009; Einav and Levin, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Einav and Levin, 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Ando et al., 2013)

About the journal

Full journal titleFrontiers in Computational Neuroscience
AbbreviationFront. Comput. Neurosci.
ISSN (online)1662-5188
ScopeNeuroscience (miscellaneous)
Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

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