How to format your references using the The Journal of Comparative Neurology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for The Journal of Comparative Neurology. 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
Schiermeier Q. 2002. Postdoc positions axed as economic crisis takes its toll. Nature 420:452.
A journal article with 2 authors
Bengtson MH, Joazeiro CAP. 2010. Role of a ribosome-associated E3 ubiquitin ligase in protein quality control. Nature 467:470–473.
A journal article with 3 authors
Kusano K, Johnson-Schlitz DM, Engels WR. 2001. Sterility of Drosophila with mutations in the Bloom syndrome gene--complementation by Ku70. Science 291:2600–2602.
A journal article with 99 or more authors
Liu X, Shah A, Gangwani MR, Silverstein PS, Fu M, Kumar A. 2014. HIV-1 Nef induces CCL5 production in astrocytes through p38-MAPK and PI3K/Akt pathway and utilizes NF-kB, CEBP and AP-1 transcription factors. Sci Rep 4:4450.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Hogg RM, Fulk RD. 2011. A Grammar of Old English. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.
An edited book
Barkatou M, Cluzeau T, Regensburger G, Rosenkranz M eds. 2014. Algebraic and Algorithmic Aspects of Differential and Integral Operators: 5th International Meeting, AADIOS 2012, Held at the Applications of Computer Algebra Conference, ACA 2012, Sofia, Bulgaria, June 25-28, 2012, Selected and Invited Papers. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Yilbas BS, Shuja SZ. 2013. Laser Induced Evaporation at the Surface. In: Shuja SZ, editor. Laser Surface Processing and Model Studies. Materials Forming, Machining and Tribology. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer. p 81–110.

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 Journal of Comparative Neurology.

Blog post
Hamilton K. 2017. 17 Jokes That Only Smart People Will Really Appreciate. IFLScience [Internet]. Available from: https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/17-jokes-that-only-smart-people-will-really-appreciate/

Reports

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. 1988. The National Aero-Space Plane. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Owsiak NK. 2008. Teacher quality accountability measures: Perceptions of degree and direction of influence on university -based teacher education programs.

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
Joseph Y. 2017. Passage Home for a Pioneer’s House. New York Times:A4.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Schiermeier, 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Schiermeier, 2002; Bengtson and Joazeiro, 2010).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Bengtson and Joazeiro, 2010)
  • Three or more authors: (Liu et al., 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleThe Journal of Comparative Neurology
AbbreviationJ. Comp. Neurol.
ISSN (print)0021-9967
ISSN (online)1096-9861
ScopeGeneral Neuroscience

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