How to format your references using the Neurobiology of Pain citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Neurobiology of Pain. 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
Firestein, S., 2001. How the olfactory system makes sense of scents. Nature 413, 211–218.
A journal article with 2 authors
Santolík, O., Chum, J., 2009. Planetary science. The origin of plasmaspheric hiss. Science 324, 729–730.
A journal article with 3 authors
Kunchulia, M., Pilz, K.S., Herzog, M.H., 2014. Small effects of smoking on visual spatiotemporal processing. Sci. Rep. 4, 7316.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Kaji, K., Norrby, K., Paca, A., Mileikovsky, M., Mohseni, P., Woltjen, K., 2009. Virus-free induction of pluripotency and subsequent excision of reprogramming factors. Nature 458, 771–775.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Burrell, D.B., 2011. Towards a Jewish-Christian-Muslim Theology. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK.
An edited book
Madrid, R., Bacigalupo, J. (Eds.), 2015. TRP Channels in Sensory Transduction, 1st ed. 2015. ed. Springer International Publishing, Cham.
A chapter in an edited book
Gardiner, J.M., Atema, J., 2014. Flow Sensing in Sharks: Lateral Line Contributions to Navigation and Prey Capture, in: Bleckmann, H., Mogdans, J., Coombs, S.L. (Eds.), Flow Sensing in Air and Water: Behavioral, Neural and Engineering Principles of Operation. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 127–146.

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 Neurobiology of Pain.

Blog post
Andrew, D., 2015. Watch A Shark And An Octopus Battle [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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, 1996. NASA Personnel: Challenges to Achieving Workforce Reductions (No. NSIAD-96-176). U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Cline, D., 2012. Criminal faces: Clinical experiences of forensic artists (Doctoral dissertation). Pacifica Graduate Institute, Carpinteria, CA.

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
de la MERCED, M.J., Drape, J., 2017. Co-Founder of Alibaba Is Said to Buy a 49 Percent Stake in the Nets. New York Times D1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Firestein, 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Firestein, 2001; Santolík and Chum, 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Santolík and Chum, 2009)
  • Three or more authors: (Kaji et al., 2009)

About the journal

Full journal titleNeurobiology of Pain
ISSN (print)2452-073X

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