How to format your references using the Neuroepigenetics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Neuroepigenetics. 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
Schaetz, T., 2015. Quantum physics: Entanglement beyond identical ions. Nature 528, 337–338.
A journal article with 2 authors
Ghosez, P., Triscone, J.-M., 2014. Materials physics: reactive walls. Nature 515, 348–350.
A journal article with 3 authors
Takahashi, F., Matsushima, M., Honkura, Y., 2005. Simulations of a quasi-Taylor state geomagnetic field including polarity reversals on the Earth Simulator. Science 309, 459–461.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Zhang, C., Wong, A., Zhang, Y., Ni, X., Li, X., 2014. Common and unique cis-acting elements mediate xanthotoxin and flavone induction of the generalist P450 CYP321A1. Sci. Rep. 4, 6490.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Lunn, G., 2005. HPLC Methods for Recently Approved Pharmaceuticals. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Heshmati, A., Maasoumi, E., Wan, G. (Eds.), 2015. Poverty Reduction Policies and Practices in Developing Asia, Economic Studies in Inequality, Social Exclusion and Well-Being. Springer, Singapore.
A chapter in an edited book
Noguera, E., Llopis, F., 2008. Applying Query Expansion Techniques to Ad Hoc Monolingual Tasks with the IR-n System, in: Peters, C., Jijkoun, V., Mandl, T., Müller, H., Oard, D.W., Peñas, A., Petras, V., Santos, D. (Eds.), Advances in Multilingual and Multimodal Information Retrieval: 8th Workshop of the Cross-Language Evaluation Forum, CLEF 2007, Budapest, Hungary, September 19-21, 2007, Revised Selected Papers, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 45–48.

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 Neuroepigenetics.

Blog post
Davis, J., 2015. New Blood Test Could Predict Ovarian Cancer Risk [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, 2004. Homeland Security: Efforts Under Way to Develop Enterprise Architecture, but Much Work Remains (No. GAO-04-777). 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
Woods, R.A., 2017. Missouri Legislator and Administrator Perceptions of Federal Government Involvement in Education (Doctoral dissertation). Lindenwood University, St. Charles, MO.

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
Fernandez, M., Kulish, N., Anasagasti, S., 2017. For Migrants, Peril on 18 Wheels; For Smugglers, a Profit Machine. New York Times A1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Schaetz, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Ghosez and Triscone, 2014; Schaetz, 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Ghosez and Triscone, 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Zhang et al., 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleNeuroepigenetics
ISSN (print)2214-7845
Biological Psychiatry
Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
Cognitive Neuroscience
Developmental Neuroscience

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