How to format your references using the Trends in Neuroscience and Education citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Trends in Neuroscience and Education. 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
E. Russo, Putting politics back into science, Nature. 415 (2002) 4–5.
A journal article with 2 authors
C.G. Begley, L.M. Ellis, Drug development: Raise standards for preclinical cancer research, Nature. 483 (2012) 531–533.
A journal article with 3 authors
J.R. Bishop, M. Schuksz, J.D. Esko, Heparan sulphate proteoglycans fine-tune mammalian physiology, Nature. 446 (2007) 1030–1037.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Y. Ma, M. Eremets, A.R. Oganov, Y. Xie, I. Trojan, S. Medvedev, A.O. Lyakhov, M. Valle, V. Prakapenka, Transparent dense sodium, Nature. 458 (2009) 182–185.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
R. Barkham, Real Estate and Globalisation, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK, 2012.
An edited book
W.W. Clark II, ed., The Next Economics: Global Cases in Energy, Environment, and Climate Change, Springer, New York, NY, 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
L. Betzig, The French Connection: Sex and the English Revolution, in: T.K. Shackelford, R.D. Hansen (Eds.), The Evolution of Sexuality, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2015: pp. 81–98.

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 Trends in Neuroscience and Education.

Blog post
E. Andrew, Asthmatic Sea Otter Learns To Use An Inhaler, IFLScience. (2015). (accessed October 30, 2018).


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, Highway Infrastructure: FHWA’s Model for Estimating Highway Needs Has Been Modified for State-Level Planning, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2001.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
J.N. Oppenheim, Examination of Oncology Summer Camp Attendance, Psychosocial Adjustment, and Perceived Social Support Among Pediatric Cancer Patients and Siblings, Doctoral dissertation, Pepperdine 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
J. Poniewozik, In Battle of Candidates, Lauer Is the Loser, New York Times. (2016) A16.

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 titleTrends in Neuroscience and Education
AbbreviationTrends Neurosci. Educ.
ISSN (print)2211-9493
ScopeNeuroscience (miscellaneous)
Behavioral Neuroscience
Cognitive Neuroscience

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