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
Sethna, J. P. (2007). Materials science. Crackling wires. Science (New York, N.Y.), 318(5848), 207–208.
A journal article with 2 authors
Zaret, K. S., & Grompe, M. (2008). Generation and regeneration of cells of the liver and pancreas. Science (New York, N.Y.), 322(5907), 1490–1494.
A journal article with 3 authors
Meloso, D., Copic, J., & Bossaerts, P. (2009). Promoting intellectual discovery: patents versus markets. Science (New York, N.Y.), 323(5919), 1335–1339.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Shio, M. T., Paquet, M., Martel, C., Bosschaerts, T., Stienstra, S., Olivier, M., & Fortin, A. (2014). Drug delivery by tattooing to treat cutaneous leishmaniasis. Scientific Reports, 4, 4156.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Heller, D. (2011). Hairspray. Wiley-Blackwell.
An edited book
Storch, E. A., & Lewin, A. B. (Eds.). (2016). Clinical Handbook of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders: A Case-Based Approach to Treating Pediatric and Adult Populations. Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Sau, T. K., & Goia, D. V. (2012). Biomedical Applications of Gold Nanoparticles. In E. Matijević (Ed.), Fine Particles in Medicine and Pharmacy (pp. 101–145). Springer US.

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, E. (2015, June 30). Produce from the World’s First Underground Urban Farm is About to Hit Shelves. 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. (1994). Local Tax Abatement (HEHS-94-84R). 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
Parker, E. C. (2010). Perceptions of youth with diabetes and their parents/guardians about youth eating habits and nutrition-related difficulties [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
Kelly, D. (1995, July 9). Model Citizen. New York Times, 720.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Sethna, 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Sethna, 2007; Zaret & Grompe, 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Zaret & Grompe, 2008)
  • Three authors: (Meloso et al., 2009)
  • 6 or more authors: (Shio et al., 2014)

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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