How to format your references using the Journal of Neuroscience and Neuroengineering citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Neuroscience and Neuroengineering. 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
M. Greene, The demise of the lone author, Nature 450, 1165 (2007).
A journal article with 2 authors
D. A. Warner and R. Shine, The adaptive significance of temperature-dependent sex determination in a reptile, Nature 451, 566 (2008).
A journal article with 3 authors
G. W. K. Moore, G. Holdsworth, and K. Alverson, Climate change in the North Pacific region over the past three centuries, Nature 420, 401 (2002).
A journal article with 99 or more authors
S. H. Choi, Y. N. Ko, J.-K. Lee, and Y. C. Kang, Rapid continuous synthesis of spherical reduced graphene ball-nickel oxide composite for lithium ion batteries, Sci. Rep. 4, 5786 (2014).

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
J. Abracen and J. Looman, Treatment of High-Risk Sexual Offenders, Chichester, UK, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd (2015).
An edited book
S. Tavernier, A. Gektin, B. Grinyov, and W. W. Moses, Editors, Radiation Detectors for Medical Applications, Dordrecht, Springer Netherlands (2006).
A chapter in an edited book
M. Bakker, Analytic Modeling of Transient Multilayer Flow, in Advances in Hydrogeology, Edited by P. K. Mishra and K. L. Kuhlman, New York, NY, Springer (2013), pp. 95–114.

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 Neuroscience and Neuroengineering.

Blog post
B. Taub, Why Do We Get Allergies?, (2017).at <>


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, Bridge Safety: Structural Soundness of the Zilwaukee Bridge, Washington, DC, U.S. Government Printing Office (1988).

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
A. L. Jozwiak, Social work internship stipend program: A grant proposal, (2012).

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
S. Kishkovsky, It’s Like “Sex and the City,” Only the City Is Moscow, (2005).

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [1].
This sentence cites two references [1, 2].
This sentence cites four references [1–4].

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Neuroscience and Neuroengineering
AbbreviationJ. Neurosci. Neuroeng.
ISSN (print)2168-2011
ISSN (online)2168-202X

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