How to format your references using the The Journal of Mathematical Neuroscience citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for The Journal of Mathematical Neuroscience. 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
1. Chapman T. Protein purification: pure but not simple. Nature. 2005;434:795–8.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. Bradford L, O’Tierney P. Three-person rule was not set by Nobel himself. Nature. 2001;411:413.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. Enquist BJ, Haskell JP, Tiffney BH. General patterns of taxonomic and biomass partitioning in extant and fossil plant communities. Nature. 2002;419:610–3.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
1. Tomlin D, Kayali MA, King-Casas B, Anen C, Camerer CF, Quartz SR, et al. Agent-specific responses in the cingulate cortex during economic exchanges. Science. 2006;312:1047–50.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. Stoute K. Help, I’m Rich! Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd; 2014.
An edited book
1. Barafort B, O’Connor RV, Poth A, Messnarz R, editors. Systems, Software and Services Process Improvement: 21st European Conference, EuroSPI 2014, Luxembourg, June 25-27, 2014. Proceedings. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2014.
A chapter in an edited book
1. Meijnen P, Peterse JL, van de Vijver MJ. DCIS: Pathology and Molecular Markers. In: Piccart MJ, Hung M-C, Solin LJ, Cardoso F, Wood WC, editors. Breast Cancer and Molecular Medicine. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2006. p. 97–123.

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 Mathematical Neuroscience.

Blog post
1. Andrew E. Milky Way’s Black Hole Is Unusually “Chatty” [Internet]. IFLScience. IFLScience; 2015 [cited 2018 Oct 30]. Available from: https://www.iflscience.com/space/milky-ways-black-hole-unusually-chatty-author-amy-lynn/

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
1. Government Accountability Office. Independent Media Development Abroad: Challenges Exist in Implementing U.S. Efforts and Measuring Results. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 2005 Jul. Report No.: GAO-05-803.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1. Pyzdrowski JE. Experiences of Advisors/Mentors in Developing Leadership Emergence in a Post Conflict, Marginalized Society: A Phenomenological Study [Doctoral dissertation]. [Washington, DC]: George Washington University; 2017.

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. Crow K. Frequent Fliers: Takeout Menus Can’t Compete With Politics. New York Times. 2001 Sep 9;144.

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 Journal of Mathematical Neuroscience
AbbreviationJ. Math. Neurosci.
ISSN (online)2190-8567
ScopeNeuroscience (miscellaneous)

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