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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Frontiers in Integrative 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
Colliex, C. (2015). Chemistry. Tracking the merry dance of nanoparticles. Science 349, 232–233.
A journal article with 2 authors
Bao, J., and Bawendi, M. G. (2015). A colloidal quantum dot spectrometer. Nature 523, 67–70.
A journal article with 3 authors
Conroy, C., van Dokkum, P. G., and Choi, J. (2015). Ubiquitous time variability of integrated stellar populations. Nature 527, 488–491.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Fairén, A. G., Fernández-Remolar, D., Dohm, J. M., Baker, V. R., and Amils, R. (2004). Inhibition of carbonate synthesis in acidic oceans on early Mars. Nature 431, 423–426.

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. (2014). Dust Explosion and Fire Prevention Handbook. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Barros, R. C. (2015). Automatic Design of Decision-Tree Induction Algorithms. , eds. A. C. P. L. F. de Carvalho and A. A. Freitas Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Wang, Y., Wang, H., Li, J., and Gao, H. (2016). “Efficient Influence Maximization in Weighted Independent Cascade Model,” in Database Systems for Advanced Applications: 21st International Conference, DASFAA 2016, Dallas, TX, USA, April 16-19, 2016, Proceedings, Part II Lecture Notes in Computer Science., eds. S. B. Navathe, W. Wu, S. Shekhar, X. Du, S. X. Wang, and H. Xiong (Cham: Springer International Publishing), 49–64.

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 Integrative Neuroscience.

Blog post
Davis, J. (2017). London Has Issued A Toxic Air Alert Over High Levels Of Pollution. 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 (2008). Responses to Questions for the Record; September 2008 Hearing on the Next Generation Air Transportation System: Status and Issues. 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
Breckenridge, C. (2017). Measuring Object and Attribute Salience in 2014 Illinois Gubernatorial Endorsements.

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
Baker, L. (2009). Optimism in the Mormon Heartland. New York Times, B6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Colliex, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Bao and Bawendi, 2015; Colliex, 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Bao and Bawendi, 2015)
  • Three or more authors: (Fairén et al., 2004)

About the journal

Full journal titleFrontiers in Integrative Neuroscience
AbbreviationFront. Integr. Neurosci.
ISSN (online)1662-5145
ScopeCellular and Molecular Neuroscience
Cognitive Neuroscience
Sensory Systems

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