How to format your references using the Frontiers in Behavioral and Psychiatric Genetics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Frontiers in Behavioral and Psychiatric Genetics. 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
Amelino-Camelia, G. (2012). No theory is too special to question. Nature 483, 125.
A journal article with 2 authors
Benefit, B. R., and McCrossin, M. L. (2015). EVOLUTION. A window into ape evolution. Science 350, 515–516.
A journal article with 3 authors
Rau, A. V., Dunningham, J. A., and Burnett, K. (2003). Measurement-induced relative-position localization through entanglement. Science 301, 1081–1084.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Lawniczak, M. K. N., Emrich, S. J., Holloway, A. K., Regier, A. P., Olson, M., White, B., et al. (2010). Widespread divergence between incipient Anopheles gambiae species revealed by whole genome sequences. Science 330, 512–514.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Geman, H. (2015). Agricultural Finance. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Holmes, J. H., Bellazzi, R., Sacchi, L., and Peek, N. eds. (2015). Artificial Intelligence in Medicine: 15th Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Medicine, AIME 2015, Pavia, Italy, June 17-20, 2015. Proceedings. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Stoller, S. D. (2015). “An Administrative Model for Relationship-Based Access Control,” in Data and Applications Security and Privacy XXIX: 29th Annual IFIP WG 11.3 Working Conference, DBSec 2015, Fairfax, VA, USA, July 13-15, 2015, Proceedings Lecture Notes in Computer Science., ed. P. Samarati (Cham: Springer International Publishing), 53–68.

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 Frontiers in Behavioral and Psychiatric Genetics.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015). Meet The Wild Animals Who Put Their Partners First (Just Don’t Call It Love). IFLScience.


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 (1972). Implementation of Section 203, Public Law 91-441, on Payments for Independent Research and Development and Bid and Proposal Costs. 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
Lamanna, S. G. (2012). Colombian Spanish in North Carolina: The role of language and dialect contact in the formation of a new variety of U.S. Spanish.

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
Wagner, J. (2017). Questions Add to Drumbeat of Mets Injuries. New York Times, B8.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Amelino-Camelia, 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Amelino-Camelia, 2012; Benefit and McCrossin, 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Benefit and McCrossin, 2015)
  • Three or more authors: (Lawniczak et al., 2010)

About the journal

Full journal titleFrontiers in Behavioral and Psychiatric Genetics
AbbreviationFront. Genet.
ISSN (online)1664-8021
Molecular Medicine

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