How to format your references using the Trends in Neurosciences citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Trends in Neurosciences. 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
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Ledford, H. (2015) Epigenetics: The genome unwrapped. Nature 528, S12-3
A journal article with 2 authors
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Levine, B.L. and June, C.H. (2013) Perspective: assembly line immunotherapy. Nature 498, S17
A journal article with 3 authors
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Storch, N.I. et al. (2014) Chaotic dynamics of stellar spin in binaries and the production of misaligned hot Jupiters. Science 345, 1317–1321
A journal article with 3 or more authors
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Zarrin, A.A. et al. (2007) Antibody class switching mediated by yeast endonuclease-generated DNA breaks. Science 315, 377–381

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
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Gostick, A. and Elton, C. (2006) Führen mit Möhren, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
An edited book
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Nicola, R.D. and Hennicker, R., eds. (2015) Software, Services, and Systems: Essays Dedicated to Martin Wirsing on the Occasion of His Retirement from the Chair of Programming and Software Engineering, 8950Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
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Kovinich, N. et al. (2011) Coloring Soybeans with Anthocyanins? In The Biological Activity of Phytochemicals (Gang, D. R., ed), pp. 47–57, Springer

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 Neurosciences.

Blog post
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Andrews, R. 07-Oct-(2016) , How Many Calories Does Having Sex Really Burn? , IFLScience. [Online]. [Accessed: 30-Oct-2018]

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
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Government Accountability Office (1995) Advance Sheets: Volume 74, Decisions of the Comptroller General of the United States, 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
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Wells, R.E. (2008) , Managers’ affective expressions as determinants of employee responses to change: Valence, inappropriateness and authenticity. , Doctoral dissertation, Columbia University

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
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Healy, J. and Schwartz, J. 09-Sep-(2016) , U.S. Suspends Pipeline Work in Tribes’ Path. , New York Times, 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 titleTrends in Neurosciences
AbbreviationTrends Neurosci.
ISSN (print)0166-2236
ISSN (online)1878-108X
ScopeGeneral Neuroscience

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