How to format your references using the neurogenetics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for neurogenetics. 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
Johnson M (2002) Spintronics: spin accumulation in mesoscopic systems. Nature 416:809–10; discussion 810
A journal article with 2 authors
Barton GM, Medzhitov R (2003) Toll-like receptor signaling pathways. Science 300:1524–1525
A journal article with 3 authors
Sharma BR, Manjanath A, Singh AK (2014) Pentahexoctite: a new two-dimensional allotrope of carbon. Sci Rep 4:7164
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Sekitani T, Yokota T, Zschieschang U, et al (2009) Organic nonvolatile memory transistors for flexible sensor arrays. Science 326:1516–1519

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Meinert CL (2012) Clinical Trials Handbook. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Velázquez E, Rodríguez-Barrueco C (2007) First International Meeting on Microbial Phosphate Solubilization. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht
A chapter in an edited book
Silva F, Analide C (2015) Ambient Intelligence: Experiments on Sustainability Awareness. In: Pereira F, Machado P, Costa E, Cardoso A (eds) Progress in Artificial Intelligence: 17th Portuguese Conference on Artificial Intelligence, EPIA 2015, Coimbra, Portugal, September 8-11, 2015. Proceedings. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp 33–38

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 neurogenetics.

Blog post
Andrew E (2015) Engineers Shutdown Sexist STEM Stereotypes Using #ILookLikeAnEngineer. In: IFLScience. Accessed 30 Oct 2018


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 (1999) Airline Deregulation: Changes in Airfares and Service at Buffalo, New York. 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
Matos G (2013) Re-fashioning goddesses: Exploring women’s archetypal fashion in the classroom. Doctoral dissertation, Pacifica Graduate Institute

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
Bray C (2017) Barclays Charged in Qatar Fund-Raising. New York Times B1

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 titleneurogenetics
ISSN (print)1364-6745
ISSN (online)1364-6753
Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

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