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
Vogel V. (2010) Journal club. A bioengineer discusses how mechanical forces in tissues may promote malignancy. Nature 463, 591.
A journal article with 2 authors
Bonilla L. L., Carpio A. (2012) Materials science. Driving dislocations in graphene. Science 337, 161–162.
A journal article with 3 authors
Wyckoff G. J., Wang W., Wu C. I. (2000) Rapid evolution of male reproductive genes in the descent of man. Nature 403, 304–309.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Wu B., Tuncer H. M., Naeem M., Yang B., Cole M. T., Milne W. I., Hao Y. (2014) Experimental demonstration of a transparent graphene millimetre wave absorber with 28% fractional bandwidth at 140 GHz. Sci. Rep. 4, 4130.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Anson E. M. (2014) Alexander’s Heirs. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Szyszczak E., Gronden J. W. van de, eds (2013) Financing Services of General Economic Interest: Reform and Modernization, Legal Issues of Services of General Interest. T. M. C. Asser Press, The Hague, The Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Costa A. C. da, Rebelo F., Teles J. (2016) Child-Persona: What I Think to What They Are, in Advances in Ergonomics in Design: Proceedings of the AHFE 2016 International Conference on Ergonomics in Design, July 27-31, 2016, Walt Disney World®, Florida, USA, (Rebelo F., Soares M., eds), pp. 43–51. 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
Andrew E. (2015) The Secret Maoist Chinese Operation That Conquered Malaria – And Won A Nobel. 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 (1995) Exempting FAA from Procurement and Personnel Rules. 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
Tabellario C. M. (2009) A plan to establish a financial counseling center on the campus of California State University, Long Beach. California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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
Chen D. W., David Goodman J. (2013) In Naming Top Police Official, De Blasio May Signal Change. New York Times, A1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Vogel 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Vogel 2010; Bonilla and Carpio 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Bonilla and Carpio 2012)
  • Three or more authors: (Wu 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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