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
Schindel, D. E. (2010). Biology without borders. Nature 467, 779–781.
A journal article with 2 authors
Toroczkai, Z., and Bassler, K. E. (2004). Network dynamics: jamming is limited in scale-free systems. Nature 428, 716.
A journal article with 3 authors
McHenry, C. R., Cook, A. G., and Wroe, S. (2005). Bottom-feeding plesiosaurs. Science 310, 75.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Gray, N. S., MacCulloch, M. J., Smith, J., Morris, M., and Snowden, R. J. (2003). Forensic psychology: Violence viewed by psychopathic murderers. Nature 423, 497–498.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Pan, G. W. (2003). Wavelets in Electromagnetics and Device Modeling. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Wang, L. (2016). Device-to-Device Communications in Cellular Networks. , ed. H. Tang Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Martinez, V., Miller, M. H., and Tyson, W. (2014). “Analyzing STEM Faculty Demographics and Faculty Climate Survey,” in Alliances for Advancing Academic Women: Guidelines for Collaborating in STEM Fields, eds. P. J. Gilmer, B. Tansel, and M. H. Miller (Rotterdam: SensePublishers), 79–96.

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
Andrews, R. (2016). This Is What Ancient Greek Statues Used To Look Like In Color. 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 (1972). Teacher Corps Programs Operated by the Buffalo State University College, the New York University, and the Harlem Institute for Teachers. 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
Do, Y. K. (2008). Effects of informal care on caregivers’ labor market outcomes and health in South Korea.

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
Rothenberg, B. (2016). Unshaken by Her Low Ranking, Wozniacki Easily Defeats Keys. New York Times, D4.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Schindel, 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Toroczkai and Bassler, 2004; Schindel, 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Toroczkai and Bassler, 2004)
  • Three or more authors: (Gray et al., 2003)

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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