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
Smaglik, P., 2004. Balancing the books. Nature 428, 781.
A journal article with 2 authors
Brodsky, E.E., Lajoie, L.J., 2013. Anthropogenic seismicity rates and operational parameters at the Salton Sea Geothermal Field. Science 341, 543–546.
A journal article with 3 authors
Xu, X., Han, F., Zhao, Q., 2014. Homologies and homeotic transformation of the theropod “semilunate” carpal. Sci. Rep. 4, 6042.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Weldeab, S., Lea, D.W., Schneider, R.R., Andersen, N., 2007. 155,000 years of West African monsoon and ocean thermal evolution. Science 316, 1303–1307.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Heines, M.H., 2014. First to File. John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Mitu, B., Poulakidakos, S. (Eds.), 2016. Media Events: A Critical Contemporary Approach. Palgrave Macmillan UK, London.
A chapter in an edited book
Shen, S., 2011. Territorial Fragility and the Future of Tibet: Sub-sovereignty, Problems and Theoretical Solutions, in: Guo, R., Freeman, C. (Eds.), Managing Fragile Regions: Method and Application. Springer, New York, NY, pp. 61–79.

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. Three Deer Were Found In The Belly Of This Burmese Python In Florida [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, 2006. Financial Management Systems: Additional Efforts Needed to Address Key Causes of Modernization Failures (No. GAO-06-184). 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
Lee, A.M., 2010. Examining the socially responsible leadership development outcomes of study abroad experiences for college seniors (Doctoral dissertation). University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, MD.

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
Feeney, K., 2005. QUICK BITE: Cranford; Cranford Didn’t Get the Olympics, Either. New York Times 14NJ13.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Smaglik, 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Brodsky and Lajoie, 2013; Smaglik, 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Brodsky and Lajoie, 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Weldeab et al., 2007)

About the journal

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

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