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
Parker, D. E. (2004). Climate: large-scale warming is not urban. Nature 432, 290.
A journal article with 2 authors
Ma, Y., and Lin, C. (2013). Microbial oxidation of Fe2+ and pyrite exposed to flux of micromolar H₂O₂ in acidic media. Sci. Rep. 3, 1979.
A journal article with 3 authors
Heiling, A. M., Herberstein, M. E., and Chittka, L. (2003). Pollinator attraction: Crab-spiders manipulate flower signals. Nature 421, 334.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Sharma, K., Leonard, A. E., Lettieri, K., and Pfaff, S. L. (2000). Genetic and epigenetic mechanisms contribute to motor neuron pathfinding. Nature 406, 515–519.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Pick, J. B. (2012). Geo-Business GIS in the Digital Organization. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Moreno-Arribas, M. V., and Bartolomé Suáldea, B. eds. (2016). Wine Safety, Consumer Preference, and Human Health. 1st ed. 2016. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
See, S. F., Schoppmann, S. F., Riegler, M., and Zacherl, J. (2012). “Radiofrequency Ablation and Antireflux Management for Non-dysplastic Barrett’s Esophagus,” in Innovation in Esophageal Surgery, ed. L. Bonavina (Milano: Springer), 27–41.

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. (2016). This Fish Has An Unusual Way To Protect Against Sperm-Spraying Cheats. 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 (2006). Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Improved Planning and Acquisition Strategies Can Help Address Operational Challenges. 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
Fleming, T. C. (2015). The Academic Identity Experience of Liberal Arts Faculty in the Age of New Managerialism.

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
Burghardt, L. F. (2005). One-of-a-Kind Gifts, All Made by Hand. New York Times, 14LI17.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Parker, 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Parker, 2004; Ma and Lin, 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Ma and Lin, 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Sharma et al., 2000)

About the journal

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

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