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
Rice, S.A., 2000. Optical control of reactions. Nature 403, 496–497.
A journal article with 2 authors
Löytynoja, A., Goldman, N., 2009. Evolution. Uniting alignments and trees. Science 324, 1528–1529.
A journal article with 3 authors
Lin, Y.-J., Jiménez-García, K., Spielman, I.B., 2011. Spin-orbit-coupled Bose-Einstein condensates. Nature 471, 83–86.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Koelle, K., Rodó, X., Pascual, M., Yunus, M., Mostafa, G., 2005. Refractory periods and climate forcing in cholera dynamics. Nature 436, 696–700.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Zhong, Q.-C., Hornik, T., 2012. Control of Power Inverters in Renewable Energy and Smart Grid Integration. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom.
An edited book
Marshak, A., Davis, A. (Eds.), 2005. 3D Radiative Transfer in Cloudy Atmospheres, Physics of Earth and Space Environments. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Jimbo, K., Takamura, H., Okumura, M., 2009. Solving Crossword Puzzles Using Extended Potts Model, in: Hattori, H., Kawamura, T., Idé, T., Yokoo, M., Murakami, Y. (Eds.), New Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence: JSAI 2008 Conference and Workshops, Asahikawa, Japan, June 11-13, 2008, Revised Selected Papers, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 39–47.

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, E., 2015. New Molecule That Mimics Exercise Could Help Treat Obesity and Diabetes [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, 2013. TSA Explosives Detection Canine Program: Actions Needed to Analyze Data and Ensure Canine Teams Are Effectively Utilized (No. GAO-13-239). 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
Wiedeman, L.D., 2012. Acceptance promoting and hindering interactions in integrative behavioral couple therapy (Doctoral dissertation). Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA.

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
Poniewozik, J., 2016. Feeding Nostalgia With a Remix. New York Times C1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Rice, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Löytynoja and Goldman, 2009; Rice, 2000).

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

  • Two authors: (Löytynoja and Goldman, 2009)
  • Three or more authors: (Koelle et al., 2005)

About the journal

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

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