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
Landolt, H. P. (2015). CIRCADIAN RHYTHMS. Caffeine, the circadian clock, and sleep. Science (New York, N.Y.), 349(6254), 1289.
A journal article with 2 authors
Zhang, S. C., & Hu, J. (2001). A four-dimensional generalization of the quantum Hall effect. Science (New York, N.Y.), 294(5543), 823–828.
A journal article with 3 authors
Chen, L. M., Friedman, R. M., & Roe, A. W. (2003). Optical imaging of a tactile illusion in area 3b of the primary somatosensory cortex. Science (New York, N.Y.), 302(5646), 881–885.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Paterson, S., Vogwill, T., Buckling, A., Benmayor, R., Spiers, A. J., Thomson, N. R., Quail, M., Smith, F., Walker, D., Libberton, B., Fenton, A., Hall, N., & Brockhurst, M. A. (2010). Antagonistic coevolution accelerates molecular evolution. Nature, 464(7286), 275–278.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Popkin, J. D. (2011). A Concise History of the Haitian Revolution. Wiley-Blackwell.
An edited book
Ramina, R., de Aguiar, P. H. P., & Tatagiba, M. (Eds.). (2014). Samii’s Essentials in Neurosurgery (2nd ed. 2014). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Tomalty, R., & Mallach, A. (2015). Differences in Urban Form and Transportation Systems. In A. Mallach (Ed.), America’s Urban Future: Lessons from North of the Border (pp. 71–98). Island Press/Center for Resource Economics.

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, June 2). Dramatic Stellar Cycle Of Death And Rebirth Captured By European Space Observatory. 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. (2015). Federal Research: DOE Is Addressing Invention Disclosure and Other Challenges but Needs a Plan to Guide Data Management Improvements (GAO-15-212). 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
Bethany, M. P. (2014). Business continuity planning: Identifying gaps, patterns and justifications [Doctoral dissertation]. California State University, Long Beach.

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
Greenhouse, L. (2006, April 25). Justices Decline Church-State Case Involving a Kindergarten Poster of Jesus. New York Times, A23.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Landolt, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Landolt, 2015; Zhang & Hu, 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Zhang & Hu, 2001)
  • Three authors: (Chen et al., 2003)
  • 6 or more authors: (Paterson et al., 2010)

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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