How to format your references using the Neurosurgery Clinics of North America citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Neurosurgery Clinics of North America (NEC). 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
Morlon Hélène. Microbiology. Microbial cooperative warfare. Science 2012;337(6099):1184–5.
A journal article with 2 authors
Du Hansen., Rosbash Michael. The U1 snRNP protein U1C recognizes the 5’ splice site in the absence of base pairing. Nature 2002;419(6902):86–90.
A journal article with 3 authors
Gollo Leonardo L., Kinouchi Osame., Copelli Mauro. Single-neuron criticality optimizes analog dendritic computation. Sci Rep 2013;3:3222.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Li Jianfeng., Huang Shixian., Shao Kun., et al. A choline derivate-modified nanoprobe for glioma diagnosis using MRI. Sci Rep 2013;3:1623.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
McCallum Hamish. Population Parameters: Estimation for Ecological Models. Oxford, UK: Blackwell Science Ltd; 2008.
An edited book
Humphreys Sarah C., Wagner Rudolf G. Modernity’s Classics. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
Beloff Michael J. Is There A Lex Sportiva? In: Siekmann Robert C. R., Soek Janwillem, editors. Lex Sportiva: What is Sports Law? The Hague, The Netherlands: T. M. C. Asser Press; 2012. p. 69–89.

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 Neurosurgery Clinics of North America.

Blog post
Andrew Elise. How You Can Help Make A Movie About Bill Nye. IFLScience. Available at: 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. Survey To Identify Models Used by Executive Agencies in the Policymaking Process. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1982.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Gomez Silvia. Support group for caregivers coping with their child diagnosed with autism: A grant proposal. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA, 2012.

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
Hu Winnie. The Downside of a Boom. New York Times 2016:MB1.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in superscript:

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 titleNeurosurgery Clinics of North America
AbbreviationNeurosurg. Clin. N. Am.
ISSN (print)1042-3680
ISSN (online)1558-1349
ScopeGeneral Medicine
Clinical Neurology

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