How to format your references using the Genes, Brain and Behavior citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Genes, Brain and Behavior. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
McArdle, J. (2000) Animal Welfare Act’s Changes Deserve Praise, Not Panic. Science 290, 1299c–300c.
A journal article with 2 authors
Phan, R.T. & Dalla-Favera, R. (2004) The BCL6 proto-oncogene suppresses p53 expression in germinal-centre B cells. Nature 432, 635–639.
A journal article with 3 authors
Dharmawardhana, C.C., Misra, A. & Ching, W.-Y. (2014) Quantum mechanical metric for internal cohesion in cement crystals. Sci Rep 4, 7332.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Shi, Y., Chichung Lie, D., Taupin, P., Nakashima, K., Ray, J., Yu, R.T., Gage, F.H. & Evans, R.M. (2004) Expression and function of orphan nuclear receptor TLX in adult neural stem cells. Nature 427, 78–83.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bilbao, S. (2005) Wave and Scattering Methods for Numerical Simulation. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.
An edited book
Song, B. (2011) Dynamic Surface Control of Uncertain Nonlinear Systems: An LMI Approach. , Communications and Control Engineering. Springer, London.
A chapter in an edited book
Kubicek, H., Cimander, R. & Scholl, H.J. (2011) Selection and Classification of Case Studies. In Cimander, R. & Scholl, H.J. (eds), Organizational Interoperability in E-Government: Lessons from 77 European Good-Practice Cases, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 65–70.

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 Genes, Brain and Behavior.

Blog post
O`Callaghan, J. (2015) Mystery Of Saturn’s Weird Hexagon May Have Been Solved [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL


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. (2005) Information Technology: Customs Automated Commercial Environment Program Progressing, but Need for Management Improvements Continues ( No. GAO-05-267). 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
Baugh, J.B. (2008) Deregulation and management strategies: A case study of Georgia System Operations Corporation. Doctoral dissertation, Capella University, Minneapolis, MN.

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
Pilon, M. (2014) Judge Rules Against Team. New York Times B13.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (McArdle 2000).
This sentence cites two references (McArdle 2000; Phan & Dalla-Favera 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Phan & Dalla-Favera 2004)
  • Three or more authors: (Shi et al. 2004)

About the journal

Full journal titleGenes, Brain and Behavior
AbbreviationGenes Brain Behav.
ISSN (print)1601-1848
ISSN (online)1601-183X
Behavioral Neuroscience

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