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
Azoulay, P. (2012). Research efficiency: Turn the scientific method on ourselves. Nature, 484(7392), 31–32.
A journal article with 2 authors
Cheng, G., & Zheng, S.-Y. (2014). Construction of a high-performance magnetic enzyme nanosystem for rapid tryptic digestion. Scientific reports, 4, 6947.
A journal article with 3 authors
Lee, H., Lee, B. P., & Messersmith, P. B. (2007). A reversible wet/dry adhesive inspired by mussels and geckos. Nature, 448(7151), 338–341.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Beaugrand, G., Reid, P. C., Ibañez, F., Lindley, J. A., & Edwards, M. (2002). Reorganization of North Atlantic marine copepod biodiversity and climate. Science (New York, N.Y.), 296(5573), 1692–1694.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Pickles, J., Smith, A., Begg, R., Buček, M., Roukova, P., & Pástor, R. (2015). Articulations of Capital. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Sawada, H., Inoue, N., & Iwano, M. (Eds.). (2014). Sexual Reproduction in Animals and Plants. Tokyo: Springer Japan.
A chapter in an edited book
Andreeva, E., Mennink, B., & Preneel, B. (2011). Security Reductions of the Second Round SHA-3 Candidates. In M. Burmester, G. Tsudik, S. Magliveras, & I. Ilić (Eds.), Information Security: 13th International Conference, ISC 2010, Boca Raton, FL, USA, October 25-28, 2010, Revised Selected Papers (pp. 39–53). 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
Andrew, D. (2015, January 3). What Happens To Our Bodies After We Die? 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. (2003). Flexibility Demonstration Programs: Education Needs to Better Target Program Information (No. GAO-03-691). 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
Ponder, K. (2017). Easing Stress by Helping Others: How Corporate Volunteer Programs Impact the Stress of Employees Within an Organization (Doctoral dissertation). Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL.

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
Kishkovsky, S. (2007, October 9). Russia: Oil Company Raises Estimate. New York Times, p. C13.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Azoulay 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Azoulay 2012; Cheng and Zheng 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Cheng and Zheng 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Beaugrand et al. 2002)

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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