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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Frontiers in Neurogenesis. 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
Cale, C. M. (2015). Forensic DNA evidence is not infallible. Nature 526, 611.
A journal article with 2 authors
Feld, G. B., and Born, J. (2015). Neuroscience. Exploiting sleep to modify bad attitudes. Science 348, 971–972.
A journal article with 3 authors
McElwain, J. C., Wagner, P. J., and Hesselbo, S. P. (2009). Fossil plant relative abundances indicate sudden loss of Late Triassic biodiversity in East Greenland. Science 324, 1554–1556.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Genty, D., Blamart, D., Ouahdi, R., Gilmour, M., Baker, A., Jouzel, J., et al. (2003). Precise dating of Dansgaard-Oeschger climate oscillations in western Europe from stalagmite data. Nature 421, 833–837.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Potter, L. (2012). The Life of William Shakespeare. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Wu, L., and Schwartz, O. eds. (2013). HIV Interactions with Dendritic Cells: Infection and Immunity. New York, NY: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Ouangraoua, A., and Raffinot, M. (2012). “Faster and Simpler Minimal Conflicting Set Identification,” in Combinatorial Pattern Matching: 23rd Annual Symposium, CPM 2012, Helsinki, Finland, July 3-5, 2012. Proceedings Lecture Notes in Computer Science., eds. J. Kärkkäinen and J. Stoye (Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer), 41–55.

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 Neurogenesis.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2014). Photographer and Leopard Seal Come Face-to-Face. 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 (1998). Student Testing: Issues Related to Voluntary National Mathematics and Reading Tests. 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
Emenyonu, N. I. (2012). Barriers to HIV care in rural Uganda.

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, A. L., Rosenberg, E., and Mueller, B. (2016). Police Sergeant Fatally Shot in the Bronx; Another Is Injured. New York Times, A16.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Cale, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Cale, 2015; Feld and Born, 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Feld and Born, 2015)
  • Three or more authors: (Genty et al., 2003)

About the journal

Full journal titleFrontiers in Neurogenesis
AbbreviationFront. Neurosci.
ISSN (online)1662-453X
ScopeGeneral Neuroscience

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