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
Narlikar, J. V. (2000). Venture funding for new ideas. Nature, 404(6779), 707.
A journal article with 2 authors
Clark, C. M., & Tilman, D. (2008). Loss of plant species after chronic low-level nitrogen deposition to prairie grasslands. Nature, 451(7179), 712–715.
A journal article with 3 authors
Freeman, C., Ostle, N., & Kang, H. (2001). An enzymic “latch” on a global carbon store. Nature, 409(6817), 149.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Huo, F., Zheng, Z., Zheng, G., Giam, L. R., Zhang, H., & Mirkin, C. A. (2008). Polymer pen lithography. Science (New York, N.Y.), 321(5896), 1658–1660.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Morvillo, N. (2010). Science and Religion. Wiley-Blackwell.
An edited book
Fitzek, F. H. P., & Katz, M. D. (Eds.). (2006). Cooperation in Wireless Networks: Principles and Applications: Real Egoistic Behavior is to Cooperate! Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Marques de Sá, J. P., Silva, L. M. A., Santos, J. M. F., & Alexandre, L. A. (2013). MEE with Discrete Errors. In L. M. A. Silva, J. M. F. Santos, & L. A. Alexandre (Eds.), Minimum Error Entropy Classification (pp. 93–120). 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
Luntz, S. (2014, August 5). Why Is The Sun’s Atmosphere So Much Hotter Than Its Surface? 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. (2016). Inland Waterways Fuel Tax: Additional Data Could Enhance IRS’s Efforts to Ensure Taxpayer Compliance (GAO-16-682). 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
Wickramage, A. S. (2013). Analysis of Magnaporthe oryzae homologs of Histoplasma capsulatum RYP genes [Doctoral dissertation]. University of Arizona.

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
Stewart, J. B. (2017, May 19). The Post’s Latest Bombshell: It’s Thriving in Digital News. New York Times, B1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Narlikar, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Clark & Tilman, 2008; Narlikar, 2000).

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

  • Two authors: (Clark & Tilman, 2008)
  • Three authors: (Freeman et al., 2001)
  • 6 or more authors: (Huo et al., 2008)

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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