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
Elderfield, H. (2000). A world in transition. Nature 407, 851–852.
A journal article with 2 authors
Buyx, A., and Tait, J. (2011). Ethics. Ethical framework for biofuels. Science 332, 540–541.
A journal article with 3 authors
Barsh, G. S., Farooqi, I. S., and O’Rahilly, S. (2000). Genetics of body-weight regulation. Nature 404, 644–651.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Borges da Silva, H., Beura, L. K., Wang, H., Hanse, E. A., Gore, R., Scott, M. C., et al. (2018). The purinergic receptor P2RX7 directs metabolic fitness of long-lived memory CD8+ T cells. Nature 559, 264–268.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Krasner, D. (2016). A History of Modern Drama. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Bertrand, J.-C., Caumette, P., Lebaron, P., Matheron, R., Normand, P., and Sime-Ngando, T. eds. (2015). Environmental Microbiology: Fundamentals and Applications: Microbial Ecology. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Longo, U. G., Denaro, L., and Denaro, V. (2010). “Systematic Approach to the Patient to Minimize Errors of Diagnosis and Surgical Indications,” in Pitfalls in Cervical Spine Surgery: Avoidance and Management of Complications, eds. L. Denaro, D. D’Avella, and V. Denaro (Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer), 45–56.

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. (2017). The Giant Sequoias Of The Sierra Nevada Owe Their Life To Gobi Desert. 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 (2002). Desktop Outsourcing: Positive Results Reported, but Analyses Could Be Strengthened. 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
Lee, D. (2010). Subjective strain, anger, and delinquency: Evidence from South Korea.

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
Dudiyeva, F., and as Told to (2005). Three Days and Forever. New York Times, 662.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Elderfield, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Elderfield, 2000; Buyx and Tait, 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Buyx and Tait, 2011)
  • Three or more authors: (Borges da Silva et al., 2018)

About the journal

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

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