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
Somorjai GA (2004) On the move. Nature 430:730
A journal article with 2 authors
Wordsworth R, Pierrehumbert R (2013) Hydrogen-nitrogen greenhouse warming in Earth’s early atmosphere. Science 339:64–67
A journal article with 3 authors
Krüger M, Schenk M, Hommelhoff P (2011) Attosecond control of electrons emitted from a nanoscale metal tip. Nature 475:78–81
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Hadjur S, Williams LM, Ryan NK, et al (2009) Cohesins form chromosomal cis-interactions at the developmentally regulated IFNG locus. Nature 460:410–413

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Lin XS (2006) Introductory Stochastic Analysis for Finance and Insurance: Lin/Introductory. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Basedow J, Magnus U, Wolfrum R (2010) The Hamburg Lectures on Maritime Affairs 2007 & 2008. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Le Bourg E (2008) Hypergravity in Drosophila melanogaster. In: Bourg EL, Rattan SIS (eds) Mild Stress and Healthy Aging: Applying Hormesis in Aging Research and Interventions. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, pp 43–63

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
Fang J (2014) Sturdy 3D Material Behaves Like Graphene. 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 (2014) Aviation Safety: Additional Oversight Planning by FAA Could Enhance Safety Risk Management. 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
Walsh EF (2010) The development of comprehensive criminal justice leadership standards: A modified Delphi study approach. Doctoral dissertation, University of Phoenix

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
Murphy MJO (2016) Looking Back (and Learning From) ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show.’ New York Times C22

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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