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
Strasser, B. J. (2008). Genetics. GenBank--Natural history in the 21st Century? Science (New York, N.Y.), 322(5901), 537–538.
A journal article with 2 authors
Lodish, H., & Fedoroff, N. (2012). Retrospective. Norton Zinder (1928-2012). Science (New York, N.Y.), 335(6074), 1316.
A journal article with 3 authors
Catrysse, P. B., Liu, V., & Fan, S. (2014). Complete power concentration into a single waveguide in large-scale waveguide array lenses. Scientific reports, 4, 6635.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Lipton, S. A., Nakamura, T., Yao, D., Shi, Z.-Q., Uehara, T., & Gu, Z. (2005). Comment on “S-nitrosylation of parkin regulates ubiquitination and compromises parkin’s protective function.” Science (New York, N.Y.), 308(5730), 1870; author reply 1870.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Fernando, X. N. (2014). Radio Over Fiber for Wireless Communications. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Poston, D. L., Jr., Yang, W. S., & Farris, D. N. (Eds.). (2014). The Family and Social Change in Chinese Societies (Vol. 35). Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Kőrösi, A., Székely, B., & Máté, M. (2011). Modeling the Content Popularity Evolution in Video-on-Demand Systems. In R. Szabó, H. Zhu, S. Imre, & R. Chaparadza (Eds.), Access Networks: 5th International ICST Conference on Access Networks, AccessNets 2010 and First ICST International Workshop on Autonomic Networking and Self-Management in Access Networks, SELFMAGICNETS 2010, Budapest, Hungary, November 3-5, 2010, Revised Selected Papers (pp. 47–61). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.

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
Davis, J. (2016, May 26). Oldest Known Neanderthal Construction Found In French Cave Is 176,000 Years Old. 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. (1989). Tank Recovery Vehicle: Status of Program Acquisition and Full-Scale Engineering Development (No. NSIAD-89-156). 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
Lavin, E. E. (2015). Discourse in monolingual and bilingual non-trial hearings (Doctoral dissertation). Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.

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. (2010, September 7). Nation of Individuals Sees Tennis Identity Fade. New York Times, p. B13.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Strasser 2008).
This sentence cites two references (Lodish and Fedoroff 2012; Strasser 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Lodish and Fedoroff 2012)
  • Three or more authors: (Lipton et al. 2005)

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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