How to format your references using the Frontiers in Neuroanatomy citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Frontiers in Neuroanatomy. 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
Ramirez, A. (2015). The making of a science evangelist. Science 348, 726.
A journal article with 2 authors
Efremov, R. G., and Sazanov, L. A. (2011). Structure of the membrane domain of respiratory complex I. Nature 476, 414–420.
A journal article with 3 authors
Shalm, L. K., Adamson, R. B. A., and Steinberg, A. M. (2009). Squeezing and over-squeezing of triphotons. Nature 457, 67–70.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Luo, J., Su, F., Chen, D., Shiloh, A., and Gu, W. (2000). Deacetylation of p53 modulates its effect on cell growth and apoptosis. Nature 408, 377–381.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Rodman, G. B. (2014). Why Cultural Studies?. Oxford, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Chick, G. ed. (2013). Acute and Chronic Finger Injuries in Ball Sports. Paris: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Chang, D., Yung, M., Sung, J., Hong, S., and Lee, S. (2007). “Preimage Attack on the Parallel FFT-Hashing Function,” in Information Security and Privacy: 12th Australasian Conference, ACISP 2007, Townsville, Australia, July 2-4, 2007. Proceedings Lecture Notes in Computer Science., eds. J. Pieprzyk, H. Ghodosi, and E. Dawson (Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer), 59–67.

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 Neuroanatomy.

Blog post
Fang, J. (2014). Prints From Duck-Billed Dino Herd Found in Alaska. 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 (1990). Forest Service Not Ready to Acquire a Nationwide Geographic Information System. 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
Lucas, M. A. (2017). Bridging the Gap Between Schools and Families Through Teacher Home Visits.

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
Moschen, I. (2013). An Amenity That’s Going Places. New York Times, RE8.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Ramirez, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Efremov and Sazanov, 2011; Ramirez, 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Efremov and Sazanov, 2011)
  • Three or more authors: (Luo et al., 2000)

About the journal

Full journal titleFrontiers in Neuroanatomy
AbbreviationFront. Neuroanat.
ISSN (online)1662-5129
Neuroscience (miscellaneous)
Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

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