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
Hutson, J. M. (2010). Chemistry. Ultracold chemistry. Science (New York, N.Y.), 327(5967), 788–789.
A journal article with 2 authors
Wen, L., & Tang, F. (2015). Computational biology: How to catch rare cell types. Nature, 525(7568), 197–198.
A journal article with 3 authors
Young, K. V., Brodie, E. D., Jr, & Brodie, E. D., 3rd. (2004). How the horned lizard got its horns. Science (New York, N.Y.), 304(5667), 65.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Wen, P., Zheng, N., Li, L., & Shi, Q. (2014). Symmetrically periodic segregation in a vertically vibrated binary granular bed. Scientific reports, 4, 6914.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Lalanne, C. (2014). Mechanical Shock. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Liu, Y., Wang, Z., & Zhang, J. (Eds.). (2015). Dietary Chinese Herbs: Chemistry, Pharmacology and Clinical Evidence. Vienna: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Gesche, A. H. (2006). Genetic Testing and Human Genetic Databases. In M. Betta (Ed.), The Moral, Social, and Commercial Imperatives of Genetic Testing and Screening: The Australian Case (pp. 71–93). 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
Andrew, E. (2015, March 5). Genetically Modified Cows Show Increased Tuberculosis Resistance. 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. (2010). Telecommunications: Information on Participation in the Rural Health Care Pilot Program (GAO-11-25SP, November 2010), an E-supplement to GAO-11-27 (No. GAO-11-25SP). 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
Gittens, B. E. (2009). Perceptions of the applicability of transformational leadership behavior to the leader role of academic department chairs: A study of selected universities in Virginia (Doctoral dissertation). George Washington University, Washington, DC.

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
Eligon, J. (2016, November 21). Perseverance Pays for Ward, a New Champion and, Maybe, the Sport’s Next Big Star. New York Times, p. D3.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Hutson 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Hutson 2010; Wen and Tang 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Wen and Tang 2015)
  • Three or more authors: (Wen et al. 2014)

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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