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
Inan U. (2005) Atmospheric science. Gamma rays made on Earth. Science 307, 1054–1055.
A journal article with 2 authors
Vohr S. H., Green R. E. (2015) Development. Aneuploidy and mother’s genes. Science 348, 180–181.
A journal article with 3 authors
Mottram D. S., Wedzicha B. L., Dodson A. T. (2002) Acrylamide is formed in the Maillard reaction. Nature 419, 448–449.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Cramwinckel M. J., Huber M., Kocken I. J., Agnini C., Bijl P. K., Bohaty S. M., Frieling J., et al. (2018) Synchronous tropical and polar temperature evolution in the Eocene. Nature 559, 382–386.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Leuf B. (2006) The Semantic Web. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.
An edited book
Kitagawa H., Ishikawa Y., Li Q., Watanabe C., eds (2010) Database Systems for Advanced Applications: 15th International Conference, DASFAA 2010, Tsukuba, Japan, April 1-4, 2010, Proceedings, Part I, Vol. 5981: Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Ciocon D. H., Bae Y. S., Kilmer S. L. (2013) Ablative and Non-ablative Fractional Resurfacing, in Laser Dermatology, (Goldberg D. J., ed), pp. 89–105. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.

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. (2013) The latest report from the IPCC: scientists are 95% certain that humans are the “dominant cause” of global warming since the 1950s. 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 (1973) Payments for Independent Research and Development and Bid and Proposal Costs. 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
Subramanian K. (2003) Mechanisms and Effect of Microstructure on High Temperature Deformation of Gamma-TiAl Based Alloys. Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.

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
Tommasini A., Woolfe Z., FONSECA-WOLLHEIM C. da, Allen D., Oestreich J. R. (2016) A Buñuel Opera and, Oh, Those 100 Sheep. New York Times, AR12.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Inan 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Inan 2005; Vohr and Green 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Vohr and Green 2015)
  • Three or more authors: (Cramwinckel et al. 2018)

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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