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
Zupanc, G. K. H. (2006). Obituary: Theodore H. Bullock (1915-2005). Nature, 439(7074), 280.
A journal article with 2 authors
Torquato, S., & Jiao, Y. (2009). Dense packings of the Platonic and Archimedean solids. Nature, 460(7257), 876–879.
A journal article with 3 authors
Balser, D. S., Rood, R. T., & Bania, T. M. (2007). Comment on “Deep mixing of 3He: reconciling Big Bang and stellar nucleosynthesis.” Science (New York, N.Y.), 317(5842), 1170.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Manzano, M., Sahneh, F., Scoglio, C., Calle, E., & Marzo, J. L. (2014). Robustness surfaces of complex networks. Scientific Reports, 4, 6133.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Gray, K. A., & Paschkewitz, J. J. (2016). Next Generation HALT and HASS. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Idowu, M. O., Dumur, C. I., & Garrett, C. T. (Eds.). (2015). Molecular Oncology Testing for Solid Tumors: A Pragmatic Approach (1st ed. 2015). Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Orlov, Y. V., & Aguilar, L. T. (2014). Nonlinear $$\mathcal{H}_{\infty }$$ Control. In L. T. Aguilar (Ed.), Advanced H∞ Control: Towards Nonsmooth Theory and Applications (pp. 55–63). 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
Andrew, E. (2014, July 24). Ancient Oxygen Oasis Discovered May Have Been Produced By Early Life. 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. (1999). Award of Indian Health Professions Scholarships (OSI-99-3R). 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
Abdeljaber, S. R. (2015). High school mathematics teachers’ perceptions of mathematics education in northwest Florida [Doctoral dissertation]. University of Phoenix.

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
Yablonsky, L. (2010, April 25). World’s Fastest Canvas. New York Times, ST3.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Zupanc, 2006).
This sentence cites two references (Torquato & Jiao, 2009; Zupanc, 2006).

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

  • Two authors: (Torquato & Jiao, 2009)
  • Three authors: (Balser et al., 2007)
  • 6 or more authors: (Manzano 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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