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
Thomas, D. J. (2004). Evidence for deep-water production in the North Pacific Ocean during the early Cenozoic warm interval. Nature, 430(6995), 65–68.
A journal article with 2 authors
Blatt, R., & Wineland, D. (2008). Entangled states of trapped atomic ions. Nature, 453(7198), 1008–1015.
A journal article with 3 authors
Henikoff, S., Ahmad, K., & Malik, H. S. (2001). The centromere paradox: stable inheritance with rapidly evolving DNA. Science (New York, N.Y.), 293(5532), 1098–1102.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Kobayashi, K. S., Chamaillard, M., Ogura, Y., Henegariu, O., Inohara, N., Nuñez, G., & Flavell, R. A. (2005). Nod2-dependent regulation of innate and adaptive immunity in the intestinal tract. Science (New York, N.Y.), 307(5710), 731–734.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Caban, S., Mehlführer, C., Rupp, M., & Wrulich, M. (2011). Evaluation of HSDPA and LTE. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Jezierski, J. (2006). Homotopy Methods in Topological Fixed and Periodic Points Theory (W. Marzantowicz, Ed.; Vol. 3). Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Flores, R. (2015). Making Sense of Suffering: Insights from Buddhism and Critical Social Science. In R. E. Anderson (Ed.), World Suffering and Quality of Life (pp. 65–73). Springer Netherlands.

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
Carpineti, A. (2016, May 5). This Lake In Venezuela Is The World’s 'Lightning Capital”. 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. (1983). Bureau of Indian Affairs Plans To Consolidate Off-Reservation Indian Boarding Schools (RCED-83-204). 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
Zhu, H. (2012). Outcomes of China Free Antiretroviral Treatment Program, 2003–2010 [Doctoral dissertation]. University of North Carolina.

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
Rothenberg, B. (2016, August 26). Williams Sisters Could Be in Step for a Semifinal Showdown. New York Times, D3.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Thomas, 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Blatt & Wineland, 2008; Thomas, 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Blatt & Wineland, 2008)
  • Three authors: (Henikoff et al., 2001)
  • 6 or more authors: (Kobayashi et al., 2005)

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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