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
Collins, H. (2009). We cannot live by scepticism alone. Nature 458, 30.
A journal article with 2 authors
Singleton, A. B., and Traynor, B. J. (2015). Genetics. For complex disease genetics, collaboration drives progress. Science 347, 1422–1423.
A journal article with 3 authors
Samokhvalov, I. M., Samokhvalova, N. I., and Nishikawa, S.-I. (2007). Cell tracing shows the contribution of the yolk sac to adult haematopoiesis. Nature 446, 1056–1061.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Dong, W., Zhang, K., Zhang, Y., Wei, T., Sun, Y., Chen, X., et al. (2014). Application of three-dimensionally area-selective atomic layer deposition for selectively coating the vertical surfaces of standing nanopillars. Sci. Rep. 4, 4458.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Stone, C. A., and Zissu, A. (2012). The Securitization Markets Handbook. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Nonami, K., Kartidjo, M., Yoon, K.-J., and Budiyono, A. eds. (2013). Autonomous Control Systems and Vehicles: Intelligent Unmanned Systems. Tokyo: Springer Japan.
A chapter in an edited book
Reinert, H., and Reinert, E. S. (2006). “Creative Destruction in Economics: Nietzsche, Sombart, Schumpeter,” in Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900): Economy and Society The European Heritage in Economics and the Social Sciences., eds. J. G. Backhaus and W. Drechsler (Boston, MA: Springer US), 55–85.

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
Andrews, R. (2017). Young Girl Asks Top Republican “Do You Believe In Science? Because I Do!” 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 (2011). USDA Systems Modernization: Management and Oversight Improvements Are Needed. 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
Martinez, N. M. (2010). The influence of formal and informal support on the quality of life of individuals with a severe mental illness.

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
Schmidt, M. S., Haberman, M., and Apuzzo, M. (2017). Wary of Mueller, Trump’s Team Is Investigating His Investigators. New York Times, A1.

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; Singleton and Traynor, 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Singleton and Traynor, 2015)
  • Three or more authors: (Dong et al., 2014)

About the journal

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

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