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
Power, P. P. (2010). Main-group elements as transition metals. Nature, 463(7278), 171–177.
A journal article with 2 authors
Douglas, T., & Young, M. (2006). Viruses: making friends with old foes. Science (New York, N.Y.), 312(5775), 873–875.
A journal article with 3 authors
Holt, B. F., 3rd, Belkhadir, Y., & Dangl, J. L. (2005). Antagonistic control of disease resistance protein stability in the plant immune system. Science (New York, N.Y.), 309(5736), 929–932.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Tan, Q., Huang, X., Zhou, W., & Yang, K. (2013). A plasmonic based ultracompact polarization beam splitter on silicon-on-insulator waveguides. Scientific Reports, 3, 2206.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Cauvin, C., Escobar, F., & Serradj, A. (2013). Thematic Cartography and Transformations. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Lavi, R. (Ed.). (2014). Algorithmic Game Theory: 7th International Symposium, SAGT 2014, Haifa, Israel, September 30 – October 2, 2014. Proceedings (Vol. 8768). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Strange, H., & Zwiggelaar, R. (2014). Incorporating New Points. In R. Zwiggelaar (Ed.), Open Problems in Spectral Dimensionality Reduction (pp. 53–68). Springer International Publishing.

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, June 26). Astonishing Time-Lapse Of Hawaii’s Volcanoes. 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. (2008). NASA: Challenges in Completing and Sustaining the International Space Station (GAO-08-581T). 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
Esmaili, G. (2006). Application of Advanced Power Electronics in Renewable Energy Sources and Hybrid Generating Systems [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
Greenhouse, L. (2007, December 5). Supreme Court Reconsiders Pivotal Louisiana Case on Racial Selection of Juries. New York Times, A22.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Power, 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Douglas & Young, 2006; Power, 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Douglas & Young, 2006)
  • Three authors: (Holt et al., 2005)
  • 6 or more authors: (Tan et al., 2013)

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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