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
Gottschling, D. E. (2012). Molecular biology. Fragile delivery to the genome. Science (New York, N.Y.), 337(6091), 160–161.
A journal article with 2 authors
Hillaire-Marcel, C., & de Vernal, A. (2008). Comment on “Mixed-layer deepening during Heinrich events: a multi-planktonic foraminiferal delta18O approach.” Science (New York, N.Y.), 320(5880), 1161; author reply 1161.
A journal article with 3 authors
Jiang, H., Stein, B. E., & McHaffie, J. G. (2003). Opposing basal ganglia processes shape midbrain visuomotor activity bilaterally. Nature, 423(6943), 982–986.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Ryazanova, L. V., Hu, Z., Suzuki, S., Chubanov, V., Fleig, A., & Ryazanov, A. G. (2014). Elucidating the role of the TRPM7 alpha-kinase: TRPM7 kinase inactivation leads to magnesium deprivation resistance phenotype in mice. Scientific Reports, 4, 7599.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Chappell, D. (2014). The JCT Standard Building Contract 2011. John Wiley & Sons.
An edited book
Chen, H. (2007). ZKTM: Ajax Without JavaScriptTM Framework (R. Cheng, Ed.). Apress.
A chapter in an edited book
Parker, D. S., & Katsanis, N. (2011). Ciliary Syndromes and Obesity. In R. H. Lustig (Ed.), Obesity Before Birth: Maternal and prenatal influences on the offspring (pp. 71–93). 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 Laterality: Asymmetries of Body, Brain and Cognition.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015, February 4). One Ton Guinea Pig Cousin Used Gnashers Like Tusks. 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. (2015). Information Security: Department of Education and Other Federal Agencies Need to Better Implement Controls (GAO-16-228T). 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
Smith, J. M. (2012). (Un)Working Binaries, (Un)Doing Privilege: Narratives of Teachers Who Make Safe Spaces for LGBTQ Students [Doctoral dissertation]. Ohio State University.

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
Poniewozik, J. (2017, September 14). The Eve of Destruction, as Seen on TV. New York Times, C1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Gottschling, 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Gottschling, 2012; Hillaire-Marcel & de Vernal, 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Hillaire-Marcel & de Vernal, 2008)
  • Three authors: (Jiang et al., 2003)
  • 6 or more authors: (Ryazanova et al., 2014)

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

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