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
Bacon, D., 2007. Physics. Does our universe allow for robust quantum computation? Science 317, 1876–1877.
A journal article with 2 authors
Gale, M., Jr, Foy, E.M., 2005. Evasion of intracellular host defence by hepatitis C virus. Nature 436, 939–945.
A journal article with 3 authors
Gadalla, M.N., Abdel-Rahman, M., Shamim, A., 2014. Design, optimization and fabrication of a 28.3 THz nano-rectenna for infrared detection and rectification. Sci. Rep. 4, 4270.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Cubukcu, E., Aydin, K., Ozbay, E., Foteinopoulou, S., Soukoulis, C.M., 2003. Electromagnetic waves: Negative refraction by photonic crystals. Nature 423, 604–605.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kazimierczuk, M., 2013. High-Frequency Magnetic Components. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.
An edited book
De Angeli, A., Bannon, L., Marti, P., Bordin, S. (Eds.), 2016. COOP 2016: Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on the Design of Cooperative Systems, 23-27 May 2016, Trento, Italy. Springer International Publishing, Cham.
A chapter in an edited book
Poggio, T., 2010. Hierarchical Learning Machines and Neuroscience of Visual Cortex, in: Balcázar, J.L., Bonchi, F., Gionis, A., Sebag, M. (Eds.), Machine Learning and Knowledge Discovery in Databases: European Conference, ECML PKDD 2010, Barcelona, Spain, September 20-24, 2010, Proceedings, Part I, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 5–5.

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., 2014. Some massive exoplanets may have oceans and continents, just like Earth [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, 1995. Trans-Alaska Pipeline: Actions to Improve Safety Are Under Way (No. RCED-95-162). 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
Washington, S., 2010. Counseling students ability to diagnose Asperger’s Syndrome (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, 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
Crow, K., 2001. Battle Over a Pillar to Nobel Yields No Statue, No Peace. New York Times 147.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Bacon, 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Bacon, 2007; Gale and Foy, 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Gale and Foy, 2005)
  • Three or more authors: (Cubukcu et al., 2003)

About the journal

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

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