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
Clement, B. M. (2004). Dependence of the duration of geomagnetic polarity reversals on site latitude. Nature, 428(6983), 637–640.
A journal article with 2 authors
Corfe, I. J., & Butler, R. J. (2006). Comment on “A well-preserved Archaeopteryx specimen with theropod features.” Science (New York, N.Y.), 313(5791), 1238; author reply 1238.
A journal article with 3 authors
Ackermann, M., Stearns, S. C., & Jenal, U. (2003). Senescence in a bacterium with asymmetric division. Science (New York, N.Y.), 300(5627), 1920.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Felis, T., Lohmann, G., Kuhnert, H., Lorenz, S. J., Scholz, D., Pätzold, J., … Al-Moghrabi, S. M. (2004). Increased seasonality in Middle East temperatures during the last interglacial period. Nature, 429(6988), 164–168.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Larrieu, N., & Varet, A. (2014). Rapid Prototyping of Software for Avionics Systems. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Nick, P., & Opatrny, Z. (Eds.). (2014). Applied Plant Cell Biology: Cellular Tools and Approaches for Plant Biotechnology (Vol. 22). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Verrier, R. L. (2008). Neural Regulation of the Heart in Health and Disease. In I. Gussak, C. Antzelevitch, A. A. M. Wilde, P. A. Friedman, M. J. Ackerman, & W.-K. Shen (Eds.), Electrical Diseases of the Heart: Genetics, Mechanisms, Treatment, Prevention (pp. 52–64). London: 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
Andrew, D. (2016, July 21). Did We Used To Have Two Sleeps Rather Than One? Should We Again? Retrieved October 30, 2018, from


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. (1976). Examination of Disbursing Officer’s Account, U.S. Army Quartermaster School, Fort Lee, Virginia (No. 089079). 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
Steigner, T. (2008). A study of cross -border takeovers: Examining the impact of national culture on internalization benefits, and the implications of early versus late -mover status for bidders and their rivals (Doctoral dissertation). University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.

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
Kelly, M. (1993, October 31). David Gergen, Master of THE GAME. New York Times, p. 664.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Clement, 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Clement, 2004; Corfe & Butler, 2006).

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

  • Two authors: (Corfe & Butler, 2006)
  • Three authors: (Ackermann, Stearns, & Jenal, 2003)
  • 6 or more authors: (Felis et al., 2004)

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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