How to format your references using the Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine. 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
Lienhardt C. Fundamental research is the key to eliminating TB. Nature (2014) 507:401.
A journal article with 2 authors
Millar CI, Stephenson NL. Temperate forest health in an era of emerging megadisturbance. Science (2015) 349:823–826.
A journal article with 3 authors
Yang RT, Hernández-Maldonado AJ, Yang FH. Desulfurization of transportation fuels with zeolites under ambient conditions. Science (2003) 301:79–81.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Damodaram KJP, Kempraj V, Aurade RM, Rajasekhar SB, Venkataramanappa RK, Nandagopal B, Verghese A. Centuries of domestication has not impaired oviposition site-selection function in the silkmoth, Bombyx mori. Sci Rep (2014) 4:7472.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kar P. Doping in Conjugated Polymers. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (2013).
An edited book
Hurst CJ ed. The Rasputin Effect: When Commensals and Symbionts Become Parasitic. Cham: Springer International Publishing (2016).
A chapter in an edited book
Clayton C. “mRNA Turnover in Trypanosomes,” in RNA Metabolism in Trypanosomes Nucleic Acids and Molecular Biology., ed. A. Bindereif (Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer), 79–97.

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 Cardiovascular Medicine.

Blog post
Andrew E. 10 Creatures that Are Nearly Indestructible. IFLScience (2014) Available at: [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. Intercity Passenger Rail: Amtrak Faces Challenges in Improving Its Financial Condition. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office (1999).

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Nesbit PR. Uninhabited Aerial Vehicles and Structure from Motion: A fresh approach to photogrammetry. (2014)

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
Joseph Y. Passage Home for a Pioneer’s House. New York Times (2017)A4.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in parentheses:

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 titleFrontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine
AbbreviationFront. Cardiovasc. Med.
ISSN (online)2297-055X

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