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
Bartal G (2015) Nanophotonics: bright future for hyperbolic chips. Nature 522:160–161
A journal article with 2 authors
Prins G, Rayner S (2007) Time to ditch Kyoto. Nature 449:973–975
A journal article with 3 authors
Dhara S, Mele EJ, Agarwal R (2015) APPLIED OPTICS. Voltage-tunable circular photogalvanic effect in silicon nanowires. Science 349:726–729
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Surrey T, Nedelec F, Leibler S, Karsenti E (2001) Physical properties determining self-organization of motors and microtubules. Science 292:1167–1171

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Schroeder K, Thompson T, Frith K, Pencheon D (2012) Sustainable Healthcare. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK
An edited book
Montanari F (2015) Risk Regulation in Non-Animal Food Imports: The European Union Approach. Springer International Publishing, Cham
A chapter in an edited book
Merzouki R, Samantaray AK, Pathak PM, Ould Bouamama B (2013) Physical Model-Based Control. In: Samantaray AK, Pathak PM, Ould Bouamama B (eds) Intelligent Mechatronic Systems: Modeling, Control and Diagnosis. Springer, London, pp 231–280

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
Luntz S (2014) Amazing Photographs & Video Of Snake Devouring Crocodile. 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 (2009) Grant Monitoring: Department of Education Could Improve Its Processes with Greater Focus on Assessing Risks, Acquiring Financial Skills, and Sharing Information. 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
Janairo B (2017) Recovering Together: A Psychosocial Support Group for Young Adults with Schizophrenia and the People in Their Lives: A Grant Proposal. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach

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
Wagner J (2017) Beefier Syndergaard Envisions a Fastball With Even More Heft. New York Times D5

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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