How to format your references using the Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy. 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
Verdin, E., 2015. NAD+ in aging, metabolism, and neurodegeneration. Science 350, 1208–1213.
A journal article with 2 authors
Lowenstein, T.K., Demicco, R.V., 2006. Elevated Eocene atmospheric CO2 and its subsequent decline. Science 313, 1928.
A journal article with 3 authors
Grosman, C., Zhou, M., Auerbach, A., 2000. Mapping the conformational wave of acetylcholine receptor channel gating. Nature 403, 773–776.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Brown, M.G., Dokun, A.O., Heusel, J.W., Smith, H.R., Beckman, D.L., Blattenberger, E.A., Dubbelde, C.E., Stone, L.R., Scalzo, A.A., Yokoyama, W.M., 2001. Vital involvement of a natural killer cell activation receptor in resistance to viral infection. Science 292, 934–937.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Laycock, J., Meeran, K., 2012. Integrated Endocrinology. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.
An edited book
Pfaff, D.W., Kordon, C., Chanson, P., Christen, Y. (Eds.), 2008. Hormones and Social Behaviour, Research and Perspectives in Endocrine Interactions. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Courtois, L., Maire, E., Perez, M., Brechet, Y., Rodney, D., 2011. Mechanical properties of Monofilament entangled materials, in: Proulx, T. (Ed.), Optical Measurements, Modeling, and Metrology, Volume 5: Proceedings of the 2011 Annual Conference on Experimental and Applied Mechanics, Conference Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Mechanics Series. Springer, New York, NY, pp. 33–38.

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 Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy.

Blog post
Andrew, D., 2016. 18 “Healthy Habits” You Should Give Up In 2017 [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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, 2015. Air Travel and Communicable Diseases: Comprehensive Federal Plan Needed for U.S. Aviation System’s Preparedness (No. GAO-16-127). 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
Green, D.J., 2010. Shoulder functional anatomy and development – Implications for interpreting early hominin locomotion (Doctoral dissertation). George Washington University, Washington, DC.

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
Stellin, S., 2013. For Carry-On Bags, Size Is Just the Beginning. New York Times TR4.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Verdin, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Lowenstein and Demicco, 2006; Verdin, 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Lowenstein and Demicco, 2006)
  • Three or more authors: (Brown et al., 2001)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Chemical Neuroanatomy
AbbreviationJ. Chem. Neuroanat.
ISSN (print)0891-0618
ScopeCellular and Molecular Neuroscience

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