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
Flight, M.H., 2013. Drug discovery: Structure-led design. Nature 502, S50-2.
A journal article with 2 authors
Dupuy, T.J., Kraus, A.L., 2013. Distances, luminosities, and temperatures of the coldest known substellar objects. Science 341, 1492–1495.
A journal article with 3 authors
James, L.C., Roversi, P., Tawfik, D.S., 2003. Antibody multispecificity mediated by conformational diversity. Science 299, 1362–1367.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Reddy, K.L., Zullo, J.M., Bertolino, E., Singh, H., 2008. Transcriptional repression mediated by repositioning of genes to the nuclear lamina. Nature 452, 243–247.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Maidl, B., Herrenknecht, M., Maidl, U., Wehrmeyer, G., 2011. Maschineller Tunnelbau im Schildvortrieb. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany.
An edited book
Dubey, S.P., 2015. Color Atlas of Head and Neck Surgery: A Step-by-Step Guide. Springer International Publishing, Cham.
A chapter in an edited book
Rip, A., Kulve, H. te, 2008. Constructive Technology Assessment and Socio-Technical Scenarios, in: Fisher, E., Selin, C., Wetmore, J.M. (Eds.), Presenting Futures. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, pp. 49–70.

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 Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy.

Blog post
Luntz, S., 2014. Spray-On Nanofibres Bind Surgical Wounds [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, 2005. Aviation Security: Better Planning Needed to Optimize Deployment of Checked Baggage Screening Systems (No. GAO-05-896T). 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
Mills Campbell, D., 2017. Exploratory Inquiry: Fundraising at Historically Black Colleges and Universities to Reduce Resource Dependence (Doctoral dissertation). University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ.

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
Paulson, M., 2017. ‘Lesser God’ Is Headed For a Broadway Revival. New York Times C3.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Flight, 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Flight, 2013, 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Dupuy and Kraus, 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Reddy et al., 2008)

About the journal

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

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