How to format your references using the Journal of Computational Neuroscience citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Computational Neuroscience. 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
Rowe, D. (2007). Sustainability. Education for a sustainable future. Science (New York, N.Y.), 317(5836), 323–324.
A journal article with 2 authors
Krivtsov, A. V., & Armstrong, S. A. (2012). Cancer. Can one cell influence cancer heterogeneity? Science (New York, N.Y.), 338(6110), 1035–1036.
A journal article with 3 authors
Lund, D. C., Lynch-Stieglitz, J., & Curry, W. B. (2006). Gulf Stream density structure and transport during the past millennium. Nature, 444(7119), 601–604.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Wu, J., Xu, J., Liu, B., Yao, G., Wang, P., Lin, Z., et al. (2018). Publisher Correction: Chromatin analysis in human early development reveals epigenetic transition during ZGA. Nature, 560(7718), E27.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Shi, Z.-J. (2014). Homogeneous Catalysis for Unreactive Bond Activation. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Ranganathan, N., Sivaciyan, V., & Saksena, F. B. (Eds.). (2007). The Art and Science of Cardiac Physical Examination: With Heart Sounds and Pulse Wave Forms on CD. Totowa, NJ: Humana Press.
A chapter in an edited book
Majumder, M., Barman, R. N., Jana, B. K., Roy, P., & Mazumdar, A. (2010). Impact of Climatic Uncertainty on Water Sequestration of a Subtropical River Basin. In B. K. Jana & M. Majumder (Eds.), Impact of Climate Change on Natural Resource Management (pp. 93–110). Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.

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 Computational Neuroscience.

Blog post
Hamilton, K. (2015, March 19). 10 Gross Organisms That could Be Living In Your Bed Right Now. IFLScience. IFLScience. Accessed 30 October 2018


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. (2014). Air Traffic Control System: Selected Stakeholders’ Perspectives on Operations, Modernization, and Structure (No. GAO-14-770). Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Minger, L. (2017). Examining Education Leadership Communication Practices around Basic and Advanced Skill Sets: A Multiple Case Study (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
Greenhouse, L. (2007, April 26). Justices, 5 to 4, Overturn 3 Texas Death Sentences. New York Times, p. A22.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Rowe 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Krivtsov and Armstrong 2012; Rowe 2007).

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

  • Two authors: (Krivtsov and Armstrong 2012)
  • Three or more authors: (Wu et al. 2018)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Computational Neuroscience
AbbreviationJ. Comput. Neurosci.
ISSN (print)0929-5313
ISSN (online)1573-6873
ScopeCellular and Molecular Neuroscience
Cognitive Neuroscience
Sensory Systems

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