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
Wigley, T. M. L. (2005). The climate change commitment. Science 307, 1766–1769.
A journal article with 2 authors
Filippov, A., and Gorb, S. N. (2013). Frictional-anisotropy-based systems in biology: structural diversity and numerical model. Sci. Rep. 3, 1240.
A journal article with 3 authors
Seibel, B. A., Robison, B. H., and Haddock, S. H. D. (2005). Post-spawning egg care by a squid. Nature 438, 929.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Liu, Y., Zhang, Z.-F., Peng, Z.-C., Ling, M.-X., Shen, C.-C., Liu, W.-G., et al. (2014). Mysterious abrupt carbon-14 increase in coral contributed by a comet. Sci. Rep. 4, 3728.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Aquino, J. A. (2017). The International Family Guide to US University Admissions. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Rozvany, G. I. N., and Lewiński, T. eds. (2014). Topology Optimization in Structural and Continuum Mechanics. 1st ed. Vienna: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Kanj, I., Xia, G., and Zhu, B. (2013). “The Radiation Hybrid Map Construction Problem Is FPT,” in Bioinformatics Research and Applications: 9th International Symposium, ISBRA 2013, Charlotte, NC, USA, May 20-22, 2013. Proceedings Lecture Notes in Computer Science., eds. Z. Cai, O. Eulenstein, D. Janies, and D. Schwartz (Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer), 5–16.

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. (2015). Penta-Graphene Is Latest Structural Arrangement of Carbon. 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 (2004). Tax Policy: Historical Tax Treatment of INTELSAT and Current Tax Rules for Satellite Corporations. 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
Kuqi, K. (2013). A matrix-Based Method for Optimizing the User Interface Design of Electronic Medical Record Systems.

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
Shpigel, B. (2017). Start of Chiefs-Steelers Game Moved to Sunday Night. New York Times, D4.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Wigley, 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Wigley, 2005; Filippov and Gorb, 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Filippov and Gorb, 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Liu et al., 2014)

About the journal

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

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