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
Rando, O. (2008). A biologist despairs over the difficulty of demonstrating heritability of chromatin states. Nature, 454(7201), 141.
A journal article with 2 authors
Hajkova, P., & Surani, M. A. (2004). Development. Programming the X chromosome. Science (New York, N.Y.), 303(5658), 633–634.
A journal article with 3 authors
Matsukage, K. N., Jing, Z., & Karato, S.-I. (2005). Density of hydrous silicate melt at the conditions of Earth’s deep upper mantle. Nature, 438(7067), 488–491.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Neumann, C. A., Krause, D. S., Carman, C. V., Das, S., Dubey, D. P., Abraham, J. L., … Van Etten, R. A. (2003). Essential role for the peroxiredoxin Prdx1 in erythrocyte antioxidant defence and tumour suppression. Nature, 424(6948), 561–565.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ma, A. D., Roberts, H. R., & Escobar, M. A. (2012). Hemophilia and Hemostasis. Oxford: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Tryfonas, T., & Askoxylakis, I. (Eds.). (2014). Human Aspects of Information Security, Privacy, and Trust: Second International Conference, HAS 2014, Held as Part of HCI International 2014, Heraklion, Crete, Greece, June 22-27, 2014. Proceedings (Vol. 8533). Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
E.R. de Queiroz, J., Fechine, J. M., Barbosa, A. E. V., & de S. Ferreira, D. (2009). Towards a Multidimensional Approach for the Evaluation of Multimodal Application User Interfaces. In J. A. Jacko (Ed.), Human-Computer Interaction. Novel Interaction Methods and Techniques: 13th International Conference, HCI International 2009, San Diego, CA, USA, July 19-24, 2009, Proceedings, Part II (pp. 29–38). Berlin, Heidelberg: 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
Andrews, R. (2016, July 14). South Pacific Islanders Probably Used Volcanic Glass To Make Tattoos 3,000 Years Ago. 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. (1998). School Finance: State and Federal Efforts to Target Poor Students (No. HEHS-98-36). 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
Bryan, D. (2015). Facilitators or impediments to college readiness (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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
Hodara, S. (2015, November 22). Making All the World Their Stage. New York Times, p. WE9.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Check, 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Hewitt, 2000; Radford, 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Hajkova & Surani, 2004)
  • Three authors: (Matsukage, Jing, & Karato, 2005)
  • 6 or more authors: (Shibata et al., 2008)

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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