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
Bernath, P. F. (2002). Laser chemistry. Water vapor gets excited. Science (New York, N.Y.), 297(5583), 943–945.
A journal article with 2 authors
Tabak, L. A., & Collins, F. S. (2011). Sociology. Weaving a richer tapestry in biomedical science. Science (New York, N.Y.), 333(6045), 940–941.
A journal article with 3 authors
Morris, M., Uchida, K., & Do, T. (2006). A magnetic torsional wave near the Galactic Centre traced by a “double helix” nebula. Nature, 440(7082), 308–310.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Masuda, S., Awaji, T., Sugiura, N., Matthews, J. P., Toyoda, T., Kawai, Y., et al. (2010). Simulated rapid warming of abyssal North Pacific waters. Science (New York, N.Y.), 329(5989), 319–322.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Lui, S. H. (2011). Numerical Analysis of Partial Differential Equations. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
He, S. (2014). Energy-Efficient Area Coverage for Intruder Detection in Sensor Networks. (J. Chen, J. Li, & Y. Sun, Eds.). Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Middleton, H. (2016). Sociological Perspectives of Coercion in Psychiatry. In B. Völlm & N. Nedopil (Eds.), The Use of Coercive Measures in Forensic Psychiatric Care: Legal, Ethical and Practical Challenges (pp. 49–68). Cham: Springer International Publishing.

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
Andrews, R. (2015, November 17). Firefighter Receives World’s Most Extensive Face Transplant. 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. (1996). Airport Improvement Program: State Block Grant Pilot Program Is a Success (No. T-RCED-96-86). 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
Stevens, J. W. (2008). Perception of counselor ethical behavior: A quantitative look at dual relationships in Maine (Doctoral dissertation). Capella University, Minneapolis, MN.

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. (2017, January 4). Striking Throwback to Kitchen-Sink Sitcoms. New York Times, p. C1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Bernath 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Bernath 2002; Tabak and Collins 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Tabak and Collins 2011)
  • Three or more authors: (Masuda et al. 2010)

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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