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. Lenski RE. Twice as natural. Nature. 2001;414:255.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. Krieg AM, Lipford GB. Immunology. The toll of cathepsin K deficiency. Science. 2008;319:576–7.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. Tosca NJ, Knoll AH, McLennan SM. Water activity and the challenge for life on early Mars. Science. 2008;320:1204–7.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
1. Denofrio LA, Russell B, Lopatto D, Lu Y. Mentoring. Linking student interests to science curricula. Science. 2007;318:1872–3.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. Traitler H, Coleman B, Hofmann K. Food Industry Design, Technology and Innovation. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc; 2015.
An edited book
1. Thalheim B, Schewe K-D, Prinz A, Buchberger B, editors. Correct Software in Web Applications and Web Services. Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2015.
A chapter in an edited book
1. Sheaff MT, Singh N. Serous Fluids. In: Singh N, editor. Cytopathology: An Introduction. London: Springer; 2013. p. 101–41.

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 The Journal of Mathematical Neuroscience.

Blog post
1. Andrew E. Show Us Your Smarts: A Very Brief History Of Intelligence Testing. IFLScience. IFLScience; 2015.

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. Education Block Grant: How Funds Reserved for State Efforts in California and Washington Are Used. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1986 May. Report No.: HRD-86-94.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1. Kranz TE. Body, Land, and Memory: Counter-Narratives in the Poetry of Minnie Bruce Pratt, Brenda Marie Osbey, and Natasha Trethewey [Doctoral dissertation]. [ Lafayette, LA]: University of Louisiana; 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. Greenhouse L. Even in Agreement, Scalia Puts Roberts to Lash. New York Times. 2007 Jun 28;A1.

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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