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
D’Amico, N., 2009. Astronomy. Pinpointing gravity. Science 323, 1299–1300.
A journal article with 2 authors
de Visser, J.A.G.M., Rozen, D.E., 2004. Comment on “High deleterious genomic mutation rate in stationary phase of Escherichia coli.” Science 304, 518; author reply 518.
A journal article with 3 authors
Dillin, A., Crawford, D.K., Kenyon, C., 2002. Timing requirements for insulin/IGF-1 signaling in C. elegans. Science 298, 830–834.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Cheng, E.H.Y., Sheiko, T.V., Fisher, J.K., Craigen, W.J., Korsmeyer, S.J., 2003. VDAC2 inhibits BAK activation and mitochondrial apoptosis. Science 301, 513–517.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Biegelman, M.T., Biegelman, D.R., 2010. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Compliance Guidebook. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Török, P., 2007. Optical Imaging and Microscopy: Techniques and Advanced Systems, 2nd ed, Optical Sciences. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Levy, P.D., Wheatley, M.A., 2012. Quality and Operational Metrics in Heart Failure, in: Peacock, W.F. (Ed.), Short Stay Management of Acute Heart Failure, Contemporary Cardiology. Humana Press, Totowa, NJ, pp. 45–58.

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. Anxiety can be Inherited from your Parents [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, 1994. Americans With Disabilities Act: Challenges Faced by Transit Agencies in Complying With the Act’s Requirements (No. RCED-94-58). 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
Dolan, D.J., 2017. Structural Evolution of Martin Crater Thaumasia Planum, Mars (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
Vecsey, G., 2014. Staying on the Island, but Moving a World Away. New York Times SP4.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (D’Amico, 2009).
This sentence cites two references (D’Amico, 2009; de Visser and Rozen, 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (de Visser and Rozen, 2004)
  • Three or more authors: (Cheng 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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