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
Pollitz, F. F. (2006). Geophysics. A new class of earthquake observations. Science (New York, N.Y.), 313(5787), 619–620.
A journal article with 2 authors
Robinson, C. M., & Pfeiffer, J. K. (2014). Virology. Leaping the norovirus hurdle. Science (New York, N.Y.), 346(6210), 700–701.
A journal article with 3 authors
Bouchard, M. J., Wang, L. H., & Schneider, R. J. (2001). Calcium signaling by HBx protein in hepatitis B virus DNA replication. Science (New York, N.Y.), 294(5550), 2376–2378.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Smith, M. K., Wood, W. B., Adams, W. K., Wieman, C., Knight, J. K., Guild, N., & Su, T. T. (2009). Why peer discussion improves student performance on in-class concept questions. Science (New York, N.Y.), 323(5910), 122–124.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Stolarski, T. A., & Tobe, S. (2000). Rolling Contacts. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Wakabayashi, I., & Groschner, K. (Eds.). (2014). Interdisciplinary Concepts in Cardiovascular Health: Volume III: Cardiovascular Events. Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Sugiyama, Y., & Fujita, S. (2011). The Demography and Reproductive Parameters of Bossou Chimpanzees. In T. Matsuzawa, T. Humle, & Y. Sugiyama (Eds.), The Chimpanzees of Bossou and Nimba (pp. 23–34). Springer Japan.

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
Andrews, R. (2016, November 25). Nearly 1,500 New Viruses Have Just Been Discovered In China. IFLScience; 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. (1979). Correctional Institutions Can Do More To Improve the Employability of Offenders (GGD-79-13). 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
DeLima, L. E. (2017). Implementing an Innovative Educational Program in an Era of Accountability: An Interview Study of the Expeditionary Learning Program [Doctoral dissertation]. George Washington University.

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
Crow, K. (2002, September 15). When the City Says Show Me, It Means It. New York Times, 146.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Pollitz, 2006).
This sentence cites two references (Pollitz, 2006; Robinson & Pfeiffer, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Robinson & Pfeiffer, 2014)
  • Three authors: (Bouchard et al., 2001)
  • 6 or more authors: (Smith et al., 2009)

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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