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
Spiegel, A. (2003). Cell signaling. beta-arrestin--not just for G protein-coupled receptors. Science 301, 1338–1339.
A journal article with 2 authors
Birch, J. M., and Dickinson, M. H. (2001). Spanwise flow and the attachment of the leading-edge vortex on insect wings. Nature 412, 729–733.
A journal article with 3 authors
Lukens, J. M., Leaird, D. E., and Weiner, A. M. (2013). A temporal cloak at telecommunication data rate. Nature 498, 205–208.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Wang, X., Yang, C., Chai, J., Shi, Y., and Xue, D. (2002). Mechanisms of AIF-mediated apoptotic DNA degradation in Caenorhabditis elegans. Science 298, 1587–1592.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Schlechty, P. C. (2009). Leading for Learning. San Francisco, CA, USA: Jossey-Bass.
An edited book
Xiang, Y., Pathan, M., Tao, X., and Wang, H. eds. (2012). Internet and Distributed Computing Systems: 5th International Conference, IDCS 2012, Wuyishan, Fujian, China, November 21-23, 2012. Proceedings. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Balsamo, S., Rossi, G.-L. D., and Marin, A. (2013). “Modelling Retrial-Upon-Conflict Systems with Product-Form Stochastic Petri Nets,” in Analytical and Stochastic Modeling Techniques and Applications: 20th International Conference, ASMTA 2013, Ghent, Belgium, July 8-10, 2013. Proceedings Lecture Notes in Computer Science., eds. A. Dudin and K. D. Turck (Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer), 52–66.

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
Evans, K. (2016). NASA Just Released 1,035 New Images Of Mars – Here Are Some Of The Best. IFLScience. Available at: https://www.iflscience.com/space/nasa-just-released-1035-new-images-of-mars-here-are-some-of-the-best/ [Accessed October 30, 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
Government Accountability Office (1993). Federal Research: Super Collider--National Security Benefits, Similar Projects, and Cost. 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
Yu, H. (2009). Parasitism of subterranean termites (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae: Termitidae) by entomopathogenic nematodes (Nematoda: Steinernematidae: Heterorhabditidae).

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
Harris, G., and Kanter, J. (2017). Pence Assures Europe of American Support. 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 (Spiegel, 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Birch and Dickinson, 2001; Spiegel, 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Birch and Dickinson, 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Wang et al., 2002)

About the journal

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

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