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
Gleick, P.H., 2002. Soft water paths. Nature 418, 373.
A journal article with 2 authors
Chopra, H.D., Wuttig, M., 2015. Non-Joulian magnetostriction. Nature 521, 340–343.
A journal article with 3 authors
Xu, X., Zheng, X., You, H., 2010. Exceptional dinosaur fossils show ontogenetic development of early feathers. Nature 464, 1338–1341.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Puertollano, R., Aguilar, R.C., Gorshkova, I., Crouch, R.J., Bonifacino, J.S., 2001. Sorting of mannose 6-phosphate receptors mediated by the GGAs. Science 292, 1712–1716.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Scott, D.M., 2009. World Wide Rave. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Grätzer, G., Wehrung, F. (Eds.), 2016. Lattice Theory: Special Topics and Applications: Volume 2. Springer International Publishing, Cham.
A chapter in an edited book
Carating, R.B., Galanta, R.G., Bacatio, C.D., 2014. The Soils of the Hills and Mountains, in: Galanta, R.G., Bacatio, C.D. (Eds.), The Soils of the Philippines, World Soils Book Series. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, pp. 149–186.

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
Evans, K., 2016. Indonesia First Country To Receive EU’s New Timber Licence To Combat Illegal Logging [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, 2010. National Airspace System: Setting On-Time Performance Targets at Congested Airports Could Help Focus FAA’s Actions (No. GAO-10-542). 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
Lazareva, O., 2010. Constructed wetland/filter basin system as a prospective pre-treatment option for aquifer storage and recovery and a potential remedy for elevated arsenic (Doctoral dissertation). University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.

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
Greenhouse, L., 2006. Court Puts Teeth in “Notice” Needed to Seize Property. New York Times A18.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Gleick, 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Chopra and Wuttig, 2015; Gleick, 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Chopra and Wuttig, 2015)
  • Three or more authors: (Puertollano et al., 2001)

About the journal

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

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