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
Manners, I. (2001). Materials science. Putting metals into polymers. Science 294, 1664–1666.
A journal article with 2 authors
Cloetingh, S., and Haq, B. U. (2015). Sea level change. Inherited landscapes and sea level change. Science 347, 1258375.
A journal article with 3 authors
Moray, C., Game, E. T., and Maxted, N. (2014). Prioritising in situ conservation of crop resources: a case study of African cowpea (Vigna unguiculata). Sci. Rep. 4, 5247.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Gao, F., Zhang, X.-M., Cui, L., Deng, K., Zeng, Q.-D., and Zuo, J.-L. (2014). Tetrathiafulvalene-supported triple-decker phthalocyaninato dysprosium(III) complex: synthesis, properties and surface assembly. Sci. Rep. 4, 5928.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Minenna, M. (2016). The Incomplete Currency: The Future of the Euro and Solutions for the Eurozone. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Weber, M., and Münch, U. eds. (2014). Tomography of the Earth’s Crust: From Geophysical Sounding to Real-Time Monitoring: GEOTECHNOLOGIEN Science Report No. 21. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Elder, J. H. (2013). “Perceptual Organization of Shape,” in Shape Perception in Human and Computer Vision: An Interdisciplinary Perspective, eds. S. J. Dickinson and Z. Pizlo (London: Springer), 71–83.

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
Davis, J. (2017). Researchers Reveal How The Brain Rewires Itself In People Blind Since Birth. IFLScience.


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). Airline Competition: Passenger Facility Charges Can Provide an Independent Source of Funding for Airport Expansion and Improvement Projects. 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
Altiparmak, F. (2008). Online Management and Mining of Heteregenous and Dynamic Time Series.

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
Walsh, M. W. (2015). Rebooting Pensions. New York Times, F14.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Manners, 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Cloetingh and Haq, 2015; Manners, 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Cloetingh and Haq, 2015)
  • Three or more authors: (Gao et al., 2014)

About the journal

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

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