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
Sastry, S. (2001). The relationship between fragility, configurational entropy and the potential energy landscape of glass-forming liquids. Nature, 409(6817), 164–167.
A journal article with 2 authors
Chen, I. W., & Wang, X. H. (2000). Sintering dense nanocrystalline ceramics without final-stage grain growth. Nature, 404(6774), 168–171.
A journal article with 3 authors
Sakurai, H., Daiko, T., & Hirao, T. (2003). A synthesis of sumanene, a fullerene fragment. Science (New York, N.Y.), 301(5641), 1878.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Li, L., Gattass, R. R., Gershgoren, E., Hwang, H., & Fourkas, J. T. (2009). Achieving lambda/20 resolution by one-color initiation and deactivation of polymerization. Science (New York, N.Y.), 324(5929), 910–913.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Parke, R. D. (2013). Future Families. John Wiley & Sons.
An edited book
Lal, R., Lorenz, K., Hüttl, R. F., Schneider, B. U., & von Braun, J. (Eds.). (2012). Recarbonization of the Biosphere: Ecosystems and the Global Carbon Cycle. Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Schmidt, W. G., Rauls, E., Gerstmann, U., Sanna, S., Landmann, M., Rohrmüller, M., Riefer, A., Wippermann, S., & Blankenburg, S. (2012). Copper Substrate Catalyzes Tetraazaperopyrene Polymerization. In W. E. Nagel, D. B. Kröner, & M. M. Resch (Eds.), High Performance Computing in Science and Engineering ’11: Transactions of the High Performance Computing Center, Stuttgart (HLRS) 2011 (pp. 47–56). 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
Carpineti, A. (2016, October 17). We Now Know Where Comet 67P Was Born. 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). Customs Service Modernization: Serious Management and Technical Weaknesses Must Be Corrected (AIMD-99-41). 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
Holbert, M. (2010). Knowledge is power (KIP): Kinship caregiver support group program curriculum [Doctoral dissertation]. California State University, Long Beach.

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
Shpigel, B. (2017, June 9). Young Star Gives U.S. a Needed Win. New York Times, B9.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Sastry, 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Chen & Wang, 2000; Sastry, 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Chen & Wang, 2000)
  • Three authors: (Sakurai et al., 2003)
  • 6 or more authors: (Li et al., 2009)

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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