How to format your references using the Neuroscience Letters citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Neuroscience Letters. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
M.B. Goodman, Eppendorf essay winner. Deconstructing C. elegans sensory mechanotransduction, Science. 306 (2004) 427–428.
A journal article with 2 authors
S.L. Rauch, W.A. Carlezon Jr, Neuroscience. Illuminating the neural circuitry of compulsive behaviors, Science. 340 (2013) 1174–1175.
A journal article with 3 authors
M. Amin, M. Farhat, H. Baǧcı, A dynamically reconfigurable Fano metamaterial through graphene tuning for switching and sensing applications, Sci. Rep. 3 (2013) 2105.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Z. Ma, Y. Wang, C. Sun, J.A. Alonso, M.T. Fernández-Díaz, L. Chen, Experimental visualization of the diffusion pathway of sodium ions in the Na3[Ti2P2O10F] anode for sodium-ion battery, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 7231.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
W.H. Johnson Jr. MD, J.H. Moller MD, Pediatric Cardiology, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2014.
An edited book
D.W. Pfaff, ed., Neuroscience in the 21st Century: From Basic to Clinical, Springer, New York, NY, 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
D.C. Black, J. Donovan, B. Bunton, A. Keist, A Notion of Time, in: J. Donovan, B. Bunton, A. Keist (Eds.), SystemC: From the Ground Up, Springer US, Boston, MA, 2010: pp. 59–64.

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 Neuroscience Letters.

Blog post
R. Andrews, These Four Things Could Cut U.S. Cancer Deaths In Half, IFLScience. (2016). (accessed October 30, 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, Free Legal Services for the Poor: Increased Coordination, Community Legal Education, and Outreach Needed, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1978.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
C. Albers, One Academic Year Study of Experiences of One Cohort of Graduates from a Midwestern University’s Teacher Education Program, Doctoral dissertation, Lindenwood University, 2015.

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
T. Cowen, A Slowdown That Silicon Valley Doesn’t Believe, New York Times. (2016) BU6.

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 titleNeuroscience Letters
AbbreviationNeurosci. Lett.
ISSN (print)0304-3940
ScopeGeneral Neuroscience

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