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
Wilbanks, J., 2013. Licence restrictions: A fool’s errand. Nature 495, 440–441.
A journal article with 2 authors
Koren, I., Kimchi, A., 2012. Cell biology. Promoting tumorigenesis by suppressing autophagy. Science 338, 889–890.
A journal article with 3 authors
Warner, D.A., Uller, T., Shine, R., 2013. Transgenerational sex determination: the embryonic environment experienced by a male affects offspring sex ratio. Sci. Rep. 3, 2709.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Zhang, J., Huang, W., Chua, S.S., Wei, P., Moore, D.D., 2002. Modulation of acetaminophen-induced hepatotoxicity by the xenobiotic receptor CAR. Science 298, 422–424.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Center for Chemical Process Safety, 2008. Guidelines for Chemical Transportation Safety, Security, and Risk Management. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Maria, E.D., Micelli, S. (Eds.), 2005. On Line Citizenship: Emerging Technologies for European Cities. Springer US, Boston, MA.
A chapter in an edited book
Teoh, H.J., Chen, T.-L., Cheng, C.-H., 2007. Frequency-Weighted Fuzzy Time-Series Based on Fibonacci Sequence for TAIEX Forecasting, in: Washio, T., Zhou, Z.-H., Huang, J.Z., Hu, X., Li, J., Xie, C., He, J., Zou, D., Li, K.-C., Freire, M.M. (Eds.), Emerging Technologies in Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining: PAKDD 2007 International Workshops Nanjing, China, May 22-25, 2007 Revised Selected Papers, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 27–34.

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
Hale, T., 2016. Amish House Dust Found To Protect Kids Against Asthma [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, 1995. School Facilities: Condition of America’s Schools (No. HEHS-95-61). 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
Cox, V., 2015. A Quantitative Analysis of the Yield Curve: Forecasting the Length and End of a Recession (Doctoral dissertation). Northcentral University, Scottsdale, AZ.

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
Kishkovsky, S., 2008. Russian Leaders Attend Patriarch’s Funeral. New York Times A16.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Wilbanks, 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Koren and Kimchi, 2012; Wilbanks, 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Koren and Kimchi, 2012)
  • Three or more authors: (Zhang et al., 2002)

About the journal

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

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