How to format your references using the Frontiers in Chemistry citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Frontiers in Chemistry. 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
Amabilino, D. B. (2009). Chemistry. How deformation can lend a hand to molecular ordering. Science 325, 402–403.
A journal article with 2 authors
Sczepanski, J. T., and Joyce, G. F. (2014). A cross-chiral RNA polymerase ribozyme. Nature 515, 440–442.
A journal article with 3 authors
Li, X., Roberti, R., and Blobel, G. (2015). Structure of an integral membrane sterol reductase from Methylomicrobium alcaliphilum. Nature 517, 104–107.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Gänsicke, B. T., Marsh, T. R., Southworth, J., and Rebassa-Mansergas, A. (2006). A gaseous metal disk around a white dwarf. Science 314, 1908–1910.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Lacalle, D., and Parrilla, D. (2015). The Energy World is Flat. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Liu, X. (2012). The Design of Cloud Workflow Systems. , eds. D. Yuan, G. Zhang, W. Li, D. Cao, Q. He, J. Chen, et al. New York, NY: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Portugali, J. (2012). “Complexity Theories of Cities: Achievements, Criticism and Potentials,” in Complexity Theories of Cities Have Come of Age: An Overview with Implications to Urban Planning and Design, eds. J. Portugali, H. Meyer, E. Stolk, and E. Tan (Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer), 47–62.

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 Chemistry.

Blog post
Davis, J. (2015). Scientists Genetically Engineer Yeast To Produce Morphine-Like Painkiller. 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 (1990). Automated Systems: Legislative Branch’s Efforts in Sharing Payroll/Personnel Systems. 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
Vincent, P. S. (2012). The State of Chaos.

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
Walsh, M. W. (2011). Claiming Fraud in A.I.G. Bailout, Whistle-Blower Lawsuit Names 3 Companies. New York Times, B6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Amabilino, 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Amabilino, 2009; Sczepanski and Joyce, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Sczepanski and Joyce, 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Gänsicke et al., 2006)

About the journal

Full journal titleFrontiers in Chemistry
AbbreviationFront. Chem.
ISSN (online)2296-2646
ScopeGeneral Chemistry

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