How to format your references using the Laterality: Asymmetries of Body, Brain and Cognition citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Laterality: Asymmetries of Body, Brain and Cognition. 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
Barnes, D. K. (2001). Resource availability: Ancient homes for hard-up hermit crabs. Nature, 412(6849), 785–786.
A journal article with 2 authors
Liao, J.-Q., & Nori, F. (2014). Single-photon quadratic optomechanics. Scientific Reports, 4, 6302.
A journal article with 3 authors
Ooi, S. L., Shoemaker, D. D., & Boeke, J. D. (2001). A DNA microarray-based genetic screen for nonhomologous end-joining mutants in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Science (New York, N.Y.), 294(5551), 2552–2556.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Webster, P. J., Holland, G. J., Curry, J. A., & Chang, H.-R. (2005). Changes in tropical cyclone number, duration, and intensity in a warming environment. Science (New York, N.Y.), 309(5742), 1844–1846.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Henderson, B., & Dorsey, J. (2008). Medical Terminology for Dummies®. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Publishing, Inc.
An edited book
Rivail, J.-L., Ruiz-Lopez, M., & Assfeld, X. (Eds.). (2015). Quantum Modeling of Complex Molecular Systems (1st ed. 2015, Vol. 21). Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Hines, M. (2013). Gonadal Hormone Influences on Human Neurobehavioral Development: Outcomes and Mechanisms. In D. W. Pfaff & Y. Christen (Eds.), Multiple Origins of Sex Differences in Brain: Neuroendocrine Functions and their Pathologies (pp. 59–69). 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 Laterality: Asymmetries of Body, Brain and Cognition.

Blog post
Hamilton, K. (2016, August 23). Explainer: Where Did Zika Virus Come From And Why Is It A Problem In Brazil? 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. (1974). Need for a National Weather Modification Reseach Program (No. B-133202). 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
Carter, I. M. (2015). The discourse of the divine: Radical traditions of Black feminism, musicking, and myth within the Black public sphere (Civil Rights to the present) (Doctoral dissertation). Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, 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
Brantley, B. (2017, May 17). A Mythic Force of Anger, Raging in Wales. New York Times, p. C6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Barnes, 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Barnes, 2001; Liao & Nori, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Liao & Nori, 2014)
  • Three authors: (Ooi, Shoemaker, & Boeke, 2001)
  • 6 or more authors: (Webster, Holland, Curry, & Chang, 2005)

About the journal

Full journal titleLaterality: Asymmetries of Body, Brain and Cognition
ISSN (print)1357-650X
ISSN (online)1464-0678
ScopeArts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
General Medicine
General Psychology

Other styles