How to format your references using the Neuroendocrinology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Neuroendocrinology. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
Luo Z-X: Transformation and diversification in early mammal evolution. Nature 2007;450:1011–1019.
A journal article with 2 authors
Johnson DL, Johnson SAS: Cell biology. RNA metabolism and oncogenesis. Science 2008;320:461–462.
A journal article with 3 authors
Gugliotti LA, Feldheim DL, Eaton BE: RNA-mediated metal-metal bond formation in the synthesis of hexagonal palladium nanoparticles. Science 2004;304:850–852.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Lee H-C, Portnoff AD, Rocco MA, DeLisa MP: An engineered genetic selection for ternary protein complexes inspired by a natural three-component hitchhiker mechanism. Sci Rep 2014;4:7570.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Hendrick J: Law and Ethics in Children’s Nursing. Oxford, UK, Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.
An edited book
Lund DE, Carr PR (eds): Revisiting The Great White North?: Reframing Whiteness, Privilege, and Identity in Education (Second Edition). Rotterdam, SensePublishers, 2015.
A chapter in an edited book
Heredia RR, López BG, García O, Altamira WA, González PG: Bilingual Reading: The Visual Moving Window; in Heredia RR, Altarriba J, Cieślicka AB (eds): Methods in Bilingual Reading Comprehension Research. New York, NY, Springer, 2016, pp 99–121.

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 Neuroendocrinology.

Blog post
Davis J: World’s Oldest Water Discovered 3 Kilometers Underground. IFLScience 2016;


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: NASA Budget: Carryover Balances in Selected Programs. Washington, DC, U.S. Government Printing Office, 1996.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Wilson ML: The Power of Spoken Word: Oral History As Social Work Pedagogy 2017;

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
Kolomatsky M: September’s Most Popular Listings. New York Times 2017;RE2.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [1].
This sentence cites two references [1,2].
This sentence cites four references [1–4].

About the journal

Full journal titleNeuroendocrinology
ISSN (print)0028-3835
ISSN (online)1423-0194
Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
Endocrine and Autonomic Systems

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