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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Neurolinguistics. 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
Murphy, D. M. (2005). Atmospheric science. Something in the air. Science (New York, N.Y.), 307(5717), 1888–1890.
A journal article with 2 authors
Watkins, N. W., & Freeman, M. P. (2008). Geoscience. Natural complexity. Science (New York, N.Y.), 320(5874), 323–324.
A journal article with 3 authors
Filchak, K. E., Roethele, J. B., & Feder, J. L. (2000). Natural selection and sympatric divergence in the apple maggot Rhagoletis pomonella. Nature, 407(6805), 739–742.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Mazmanian, S. K., Skaar, E. P., Gaspar, A. H., Humayun, M., Gornicki, P., Jelenska, J., … Schneewind, O. (2003). Passage of heme-iron across the envelope of Staphylococcus aureus. Science (New York, N.Y.), 299(5608), 906–909.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ruehli, A. E., Antonini, G., & Jiang, L. (2017). Circuit Oriented Electromagnetic Modeling Using the Peec Techniques. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Peron, R., Colpi, M., Gorini, V., & Moschella, U. (Eds.). (2016). Gravity: Where Do We Stand? (1st ed. 2016). Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
van Pelt, J., Uylings, H. B. M., & van Ooyen, A. (2014). Neuronal Arborizations, Spatial Innervation, and Emergent Network Connectivity. In H. Cuntz, M. W. H. Remme, & B. Torben-Nielsen (Eds.), The Computing Dendrite: From Structure to Function (pp. 61–78). New York, NY: Springer.

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 Neurolinguistics.

Blog post
Davis, J. (2015, August 19). This Species Of Spider Can “Fly” Through The Amazon Rainforest.


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. (1975). Line-item Control of Contractors’ Independent Research and Development and Bid and Proposal Costs (No. PSAD-76-54). 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
Aguerrebere, Y. (2009). Case study of home-school visits (Doctoral dissertation). Pepperdine University, Malibu, 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
Powell, M. (2017, July 18). Hopeful Talk and Lessons Learned (or Maybe Not). New York Times, p. B8.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Murphy, 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Murphy, 2005; Watkins & Freeman, 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Watkins & Freeman, 2008)
  • Three authors: (Filchak, Roethele, & Feder, 2000)
  • 6 or more authors: (Mazmanian et al., 2003)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Neurolinguistics
AbbreviationJ. Neurolinguistics
ISSN (print)0911-6044
ScopeArts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
Cognitive Neuroscience
Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
Linguistics and Language

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