How to format your references using the Future Neurology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Future Neurology. 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
Finlay BB. Microbiology. Cracking Listeria’s password. Science. 292(5522), 1665–1667 (2001).
A journal article with 2 authors
Maund JR, Smartt SJ. The disappearance of the progenitors of supernovae 1993J and 2003gd. Science. 324(5926), 486–488 (2009).
A journal article with 3 authors
Antonioni A, Sanchez A, Tomassini M. Global information and mobility support coordination among humans. Sci. Rep. 4, 6458 (2014).
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Huang Y-A, Kao C-W, Liu K-K, et al. The effect of fluorescent nanodiamonds on neuronal survival and morphogenesis. Sci. Rep. 4, 6919 (2014).

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Schiek B, Rolfes I, Siweris H-J. Noise in High-Frequency Circuits and Oscillators. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Pachauri S, editor. An Energy Analysis of Household Consumption: Changing Patters of Direct and Indirect Use in India. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht.
A chapter in an edited book
Palesi M, Holsmark R, Kumar S, Catania V. Application-Specific Routing Algorithms for Low Power Network on Chip Design. In: Low Power Networks-on-Chip. Silvano C, Lajolo M, Palermo G (Eds.), Springer US, Boston, MA, 113–150 (2011).

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 Future Neurology.

Blog post
Carpineti A. What’s The Stickiest Object In The Solar System? IFLScience (2015).


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. Information Technology: SSA Has Taken Key Steps for Managing Its Investments, but Needs to Strengthen Oversight and Fully Define Policies and Procedures. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Gogni de Tolentino MG. Challenges and successes of monolingual Spanish-speaking foster parents. (2010).

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
Loomis G. Rossini and Contemporaries, Snuggly at Home in the Black Forest. New York Times, 0 (2012).

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [1].
This sentence cites two references [1,2].
This sentence cites four references [1–4].

About the journal

Full journal titleFuture Neurology
AbbreviationFuture Neurol.
ISSN (print)1479-6708
ISSN (online)1748-6971
ScopeClinical Neurology

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