How to format your references using the Journal of Neurochemistry citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Neurochemistry. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
Mervis J. (2015) An education that closed doors. Science 347, 578.
A journal article with 2 authors
Wirth T., Bernatchez L. (2001) Genetic evidence against panmixia in the European eel. Nature 409, 1037–1040.
A journal article with 3 authors
Levis R. J., Menkir G. M., Rabitz H. (2001) Selective bond dissociation and rearrangement with optimally tailored, strong-field laser pulses. Science 292, 709–713.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Molkenthin N., Rehfeld K., Marwan N., Kurths J. (2014) Networks from flows--from dynamics to topology. Sci. Rep. 4, 4119.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Sears R. W., Chard K. M. (2016) Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.
An edited book
Valavanis K. P., Beard R., Oh P., Ollero A., Piegl L. A., Shim H., eds (2010) Selected papers from the 2nd International Symposium on UAVs, Reno, Nevada, U.S.A. June 8–10, 2009. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht.
A chapter in an edited book
Herren M. (2014) The Globalisation of Death: Foreign Cemeteries in a Transnational Perspective, in Entangled Histories: The Transcultural Past of Northeast China, (Ben-Canaan D., Grüner F., Prodöhl I., eds), pp. 59–79. Springer International Publishing, Cham.

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 Neurochemistry.

Blog post
Luntz S. (2015) Birds Use Vortices For Elegant Flight. IFLScience.


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 (1992) Federal Research: Implementation of the Super Collider’s Cost and Schedule Control System. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Kern M. W. (2012) Regional phylogenetic analysis of the myology of primates and correlates in the human skeleton. 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
Koblin J. (2016) ‘I Am Cait,’ Failing to Attract Viewers, Is Ending After Two Seasons. New York Times, C2.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Mervis 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Mervis 2015; Wirth and Bernatchez 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Wirth and Bernatchez 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Molkenthin et al. 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Neurochemistry
AbbreviationJ. Neurochem.
ISSN (print)0022-3042
ISSN (online)1471-4159
Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

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