How to format your references using the The Cerebellum citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for The Cerebellum. 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
1. Zaanen J. High-temperature superconductivity: electron mirages in an iron salt. Nature. 2014;515:205–6.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. Atatüre M, Morton JJL. Quantum information. A gem of a quantum teleporter. Science. 2014;345:510–1.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. Zhao J, Murray S, Lipuma JJ. Modeling the impact of antibiotic exposure on human microbiota. Sci Rep. 2014;4:4345.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
1. Murata Y, Iwasaki H, Sasaki M, Inaba K, Okamura Y. Phosphoinositide phosphatase activity coupled to an intrinsic voltage sensor. Nature. 2005;435:1239–43.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. Bhaduri S, Mukesh D. Homogeneous Catalysis. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc; 2014.
An edited book
1. Nakatsu R, Tosa N, Naghdy F, Wong KW, Codognet P, editors. Cultural Computing: Second IFIP TC 14 Entertainment Computing Symposium, ECS 2010, Held as Part of WCC 2010, Brisbane, Australia, September 20-23, 2010. Proceedings. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2010.
A chapter in an edited book
1. Kang JX. Omega-6/Omega-3 Fatty Acid Ratio is Important for Health. In: Meester FD, Watson RR, editors. Wild-Type Food in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention: The Columbus Concept. Totowa, NJ: Humana Press; 2008. p. 35–49.

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 The Cerebellum.

Blog post
1. Fang J. Two Male Penguins Adopt Abandoned Chick [Internet]. IFLScience. IFLScience; 2014 [cited 2018 Oct 30]. Available from:


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
1. Government Accountability Office. Evaluations of Even Start Family Literacy Program Effectiveness. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 2000 Mar. Report No.: HEHS-00-58R.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1. Hartley DL. Transnational jazz and blues: Aural aesthetics and African diasporic fiction [Doctoral dissertation]. [College Park, MD]: University of Maryland, College Park; 2010.

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
1. Hollander S. Stevenson Also Seeking Maturity. New York Times. 2000 Aug 30;D4.

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 titleThe Cerebellum
ISSN (print)1473-4222
ISSN (online)1473-4230
ScopeClinical Neurology

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