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
Norell Mark A. Paleontology. Fossilized feathers. Science 2011;333(6049):1590–1.
A journal article with 2 authors
Mettetal Jerome T., van Oudenaarden Alexander. Microbiology. Necessary noise. Science 2007;317(5837):463–4.
A journal article with 3 authors
Li Qiao., Foote Michelle., Chen Jihong. Effects of histone deacetylase inhibitor valproic acid on skeletal myocyte development. Sci Rep 2014;4:7207.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Roche Stéphane., Rey Félix A., Gaudin Yves., et al. Structure of the prefusion form of the vesicular stomatitis virus glycoprotein G. Science 2007;315(5813):843–8.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Vignes Alain. Extractive Metallurgy 3. Hoboken, NJ USA: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2013.
An edited book
Guthoff Rudolf., Katowitz James. Oculoplastics and Orbit. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2007.
A chapter in an edited book
Koprinska Irena., Rana Mashud., Agelidis Vassilios G. Electricity Load Forecasting: A Weekday-Based Approach. In: Villa Alessandro E. P., Duch Włodzisław, Érdi Péter et al., editors. Artificial Neural Networks and Machine Learning – ICANN 2012: 22nd International Conference on Artificial Neural Networks, Lausanne, Switzerland, September 11-14, 2012, Proceedings, Part II. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2012. p. 33–41.

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
Carpineti Alfredo. Gamma-Ray Binary Spotted For The First Time In Another Galaxy. 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. Comments on Legality of NASA Contracts. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1967.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Fahmy Chantal. Intoxicated by music: A content analysis of the prevalence of alcohol, illicit substances, and tobacco in popular music from 2000 to 2011. 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
Kenigsberg Ben. Starless Dreams. New York Times 2017:C10.

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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