How to format your references using the Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology. 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
Schlessinger, J. (2003). Signal transduction. Autoinhibition control. Science 300, 750–752.
A journal article with 2 authors
Redman, B. K., and Merz, J. F. (2008). Sociology. Scientific misconduct: do the punishments fit the crime? Science 321, 775.
A journal article with 3 authors
Parkin, S. S. P., Hayashi, M., and Thomas, L. (2008). Magnetic domain-wall racetrack memory. Science 320, 190–194.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Aoki, W., Saito, M., Manabe, R.-I., Mori, H., Yamaguchi, Y., and Tamiya, E. (2014). Integrating reductive and synthetic approaches in biology using man-made cell-like compartments. Sci. Rep. 4, 4722.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Jones, R. B. (2011). 20% Chance of Rain. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Meiselwitz, G. ed. (2016). Social Computing and Social Media: 8th International Conference, SCSM 2016, Held as Part of HCI International 2016, Toronto, ON, Canada, July 17–22, 2016. Proceedings. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Bruckstein, A. M., and Shaked, D. (2009). “Crazy Cuts: Dissecting Planar Shapes into Two Identical Parts,” in Mathematics of Surfaces XIII: 13th IMA International Conference York, UK, September 7-9, 2009 Proceedings Lecture Notes in Computer Science., eds. E. R. Hancock, R. R. Martin, and M. A. Sabin (Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer), 75–89.

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 Cellular and Infection Microbiology.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2014). Newly Discovered Rocky Planet Expands Our Search For Habitable Worlds. IFLScience. 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 (1998). Federal Research: The National Academy of Sciences and the Federal Advisory Committee Act. 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
Stewart, D. A. (2013). Principals’ post-observation feedback and its influence on teacher professional growth at two Southern California Catholic high schools.

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
Poniewozik, J. (2017). A Hero’s Journey Is a Real Head Trip. New York Times, C1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Schlessinger, 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Schlessinger, 2003; Redman and Merz, 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Redman and Merz, 2008)
  • Three or more authors: (Aoki et al., 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleFrontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
AbbreviationFront. Cell. Infect. Microbiol.
ISSN (online)2235-2988
Infectious Diseases
Microbiology (medical)

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