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. Vereecken L. Chemistry. Lifting the veil on an old mystery. Science. 2013;340:154–5.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. Fields S, Johnston M. Cell biology. Whither model organism research? Science. 2005;307:1885–6.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. Dietz H, Douglas SM, Shih WM. Folding DNA into twisted and curved nanoscale shapes. Science. 2009;325:725–30.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
1. Narteau C, Byrdina S, Shebalin P, Schorlemmer D. Common dependence on stress for the two fundamental laws of statistical seismology. Nature. 2009;462:642–5.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. Lewis S. Positive Psychology and Change. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd; 2016.
An edited book
1. Tan K-Y, editor. Colorectal Cancer in the Elderly. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
1. Csajbók ZE, Mihálydeák T. From Vagueness to Rough Sets in Partial Approximation Spaces. In: Kryszkiewicz M, Cornelis C, Ciucci D, Medina-Moreno J, Motoda H, Raś ZW, editors. Rough Sets and Intelligent Systems Paradigms: Second International Conference, RSEISP 2014, Held as Part of JRS 2014, Granada and Madrid, Spain, July 9-13, 2014 Proceedings. Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2014. p. 42–52.

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. Hale T. Watching This Video Will Crash Your iPhone. IFLScience. IFLScience; 2016.


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. Year 2000 Computing Crisis: Status of Medicare Providers Unknown. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1999 Jul. Report No.: AIMD-99-243.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1. Myers RE. Moderating the effectiveness of messages to promote physical activity in type 2 diabetes [Doctoral dissertation]. [Tampa, FL]: University of South Florida; 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. Brantley B. Sam Shepard, Roaming Utterly Wild. New York Times. 2017 Sep 26;C2.

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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