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
Turner, M. S. (2015). Yoichiro Nambu (1921-2015). Nature 524, 416.
A journal article with 2 authors
Wigler, M., and Mishra, B. (2002). Genetics. Wild by nature. Science 296, 1407–1408.
A journal article with 3 authors
Okabe, Y., Sano, T., and Nagata, S. (2009). Regulation of the innate immune response by threonine-phosphatase of Eyes absent. Nature 460, 520–524.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Maiolino, R., Schneider, R., Oliva, E., Bianchi, S., Ferrara, A., Mannucci, F., et al. (2004). A supernova origin for dust in a high-redshift quasar. Nature 431, 533–535.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Burkinshaw, S. M. (2016). Physico-chemical Aspects of Textile Coloration. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Qing, S., Okamoto, E., Kim, K., and Liu, D. eds. (2016). Information and Communications Security: 17th International Conference, ICICS 2015, Beijing, China, December 9-11, 2015, Revised Selected Papers. 1st ed. 2016. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Lindström, J., Plankina, D., Lideskog, H., Löfstrand, M., and Karlsson, L. (2013). “Functional Product Development: Criteria for Selection of Design Methods on Strategic and Operational Levels,” in The Philosopher’s Stone for Sustainability: Proceedings of the 4th CIRP International Conference on Industrial Product-Service Systems, Tokyo, Japan, November 8th - 9th, 2012, eds. Y. Shimomura and K. Kimita (Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer), 25–30.

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
O`Callaghan, J. (2016). Dramatic Video Of Yesterday’s SpaceX Rocket Explosion, And What It Means For The Company. 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 (2003). Information Technology: Benefits Realized for Selected Health Care Functions. 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
Montano, M. (2010). Supporting juvenile offenders reentering the community: A grant proposal project.

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
Saslow, L. (2006). On Nassau Ballot, an Open-Space Bond Issue. New York Times, 14LI2.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Turner, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Turner, 2015; Wigler and Mishra, 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Wigler and Mishra, 2002)
  • Three or more authors: (Maiolino et al., 2004)

About the journal

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

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