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
Morr D. K. (2014) Physics. Lifting the fog of complexity. Science 343, 382–383.
A journal article with 2 authors
Ward L. D., Kellis M. (2012) Evidence of abundant purifying selection in humans for recently acquired regulatory functions. Science 337, 1675–1678.
A journal article with 3 authors
McGuire J. J., Boettcher M. S., Jordan T. H. (2005) Foreshock sequences and short-term earthquake predictability on East Pacific Rise transform faults. Nature 434, 457–461.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Munger S. D., Lane A. P., Zhong H., Leinders-Zufall T., Yau K. W., Zufall F., Reed R. R. (2001) Central role of the CNGA4 channel subunit in Ca2+-calmodulin-dependent odor adaptation. Science 294, 2172–2175.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Neupert R. (2011) French Animation History. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK.
An edited book
Passiante G., ed (2010) Evolving Towards the Internetworked Enterprise: Technological and Organizational Perspectives. Springer US, Boston, MA.
A chapter in an edited book
Franklin R. B., Costello L. C. (2009) Citrate Metabolism in Prostate and Other Cancers, in Mitochondria and Cancer, (Costello L., Singh K., eds), pp. 61–78. Springer, New York, NY.

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
Carpineti A. (2017) NASA Craft Maneuvers To Avoid Collision With Mars’ Moon Phobos. 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 (1990) Automated Systems: Legislative Branch’s Efforts in Sharing Payroll/Personnel Systems. 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
Takayama M. (2010) The development of writing in Japanese and English of JHL speakers and the dynamics of bilingual learning. 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
Sisario B. (2017) The Promoter Is an Indie. New York Times, B1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Morr 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Morr 2014; Ward and Kellis 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Ward and Kellis 2012)
  • Three or more authors: (Munger et al. 2001)

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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