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
Aiken, C., 2015. HIV: Antiviral action countered by Nef. Nature 526, 202–203.
A journal article with 2 authors
Getz, W.M., Lloyd-Smith, J.O., 2006. Comment on “On the regulation of populations of mammals, birds, fish, and insects” I. Science 311, 1100; author reply 1100.
A journal article with 3 authors
Corominas-Murtra, B., Fortuny, J., Solé, R.V., 2014. Towards a mathematical theory of meaningful communication. Sci. Rep. 4, 4587.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Cusanovich, D.A., Reddington, J.P., Garfield, D.A., Daza, R.M., Aghamirzaie, D., Marco-Ferreres, R., Pliner, H.A., Christiansen, L., Qiu, X., Steemers, F.J., Trapnell, C., Shendure, J., Furlong, E.E.M., 2018. The cis-regulatory dynamics of embryonic development at single-cell resolution. Nature 555, 538–542.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Matte, G.S., 2015. Perfusion for Congenital Heart Surgery. John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Féray, V., 2016. Mod-ϕ Convergence: Normality Zones and Precise Deviations, SpringerBriefs in Probability and Mathematical Statistics. Springer International Publishing, Cham.
A chapter in an edited book
Nagase, H., Visse, R., 2011. Triple Helicase Activity and the Structural Basis of Collagenolysis, in: Parks, W.C., Mecham, R.P. (Eds.), Extracellular Matrix Degradation. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 95–122.

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
Evans, K., 2016. 10 Popular “Life Hacks” That Are Completely Bogus [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, 1991. Tax System Modernization: Further Testing of IRS’ Automated Taxpayer Service Systems Is Needed (No. IMTEC-91-42). 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
Bukvic, I.I., 2005. Tabula Rasa: An Interactive Electroacoustic Work for Flute, Piano, Cello and Live Computer (Doctoral dissertation). University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.

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
Johnson, G., 2010. Unearthing Prehistoric Tumors, and Debate. New York Times D1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Aiken, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Aiken, 2015; Getz and Lloyd-Smith, 2006).

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

  • Two authors: (Getz and Lloyd-Smith, 2006)
  • Three or more authors: (Cusanovich et al., 2018)

About the journal

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

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