How to format your references using the Frontiers in Cellular Endocrinology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Frontiers in Cellular Endocrinology. 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
Rice, M. (2006). Physics. Superconductivity with a twist. Science 314, 1248–1249.
A journal article with 2 authors
Hochedlinger, K., and Jaenisch, R. (2002). Monoclonal mice generated by nuclear transfer from mature B and T donor cells. Nature 415, 1035–1038.
A journal article with 3 authors
Parsons, T., Ji, C., and Kirby, E. (2008). Stress changes from the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake and increased hazard in the Sichuan basin. Nature 454, 509–510.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Xiao, F., Zong, Q., Su, Z., Yang, C., He, Z., Wang, Y., et al. (2013). Determining the mechanism of cusp proton aurora. Sci. Rep. 3, 1654.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Griskey, R. G. (2005). Transport Phenomena and Unit Operations. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Claes, L., and Muehlenkamp, J. J. eds. (2014). Non-Suicidal Self-Injury in Eating Disorders: Advancements in Etiology and Treatment. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Engelson, L., and Lindberg, P. O. (2006). “Congestion Pricing of Road Networks with Users Having Different Time Values,” in Mathematical and Computational Models for Congestion Charging Applied Optimization., eds. S. Lawphongpanich, D. W. Hearn, and M. J. Smith (Boston, MA: Springer US), 81–104.

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 Endocrinology.

Blog post
Davis, J. (2016). “Secret Ginger Gene” May Increase Risk Of Developing Skin Cancer. 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 (2004). Transportation Security R&D: TSA and DHS Are Researching and Developing Technologies, but Need to Improve R&D Management. 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
Laubacher, T. L. (2016). Simplifying “Inherently Governmental” Functions: Choosing between a Principled Approach or More of the Same.

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
Greenhouse, L. (2007). Limits on Prison Suits Are Eased. New York Times, A15.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Rice, 2006).
This sentence cites two references (Hochedlinger and Jaenisch, 2002; Rice, 2006).

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

  • Two authors: (Hochedlinger and Jaenisch, 2002)
  • Three or more authors: (Xiao et al., 2013)

About the journal

Full journal titleFrontiers in Cellular Endocrinology
AbbreviationFront. Endocrinol. (Lausanne)
ISSN (online)1664-2392

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