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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Frontiers in Ethnopharmacology. 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
Grier, D. G. (2003). A revolution in optical manipulation. Nature 424, 810–816.
A journal article with 2 authors
Russell, D. G., and Nathan, C. F. (2013). Perspective: Graduation time. Nature 502, S7.
A journal article with 3 authors
Holt, B. F., 3rd, Belkhadir, Y., and Dangl, J. L. (2005). Antagonistic control of disease resistance protein stability in the plant immune system. Science 309, 929–932.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Martens-Habbena, W., Berube, P. M., Urakawa, H., de la Torre, J. R., and Stahl, D. A. (2009). Ammonia oxidation kinetics determine niche separation of nitrifying Archaea and Bacteria. Nature 461, 976–979.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Donald, H., and Robert D., G. (2006). Longitudinal Data Analysis: Hedeker/Longitudinal. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Ryabov, V. V. (2014). Trap Magmatism and Ore Formation in the Siberian Noril’sk Region: Volume 1. Trap Petrology. , eds. A. Y. Shevko and M. P. Gora Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Mironov, S., and Wauthy, G. (2010). “Phylogeny and host-parasite associations of feather mites of the Pteroherpus generic group (Astigmata: Pteronyssidae),” in Trends in Acarology: Proceedings of the 12th International Congress, eds. M. W. Sabelis and J. Bruin (Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands), 23–30.

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 Ethnopharmacology.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015). NASA Hubble Telescope Sees A Storm In Lagoon Nebula. 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 (1977). The Concorde Supersonic Aircraft Trial Entry into Dulles International Airport. 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
Pulido, M. D. (2017). Self-Reported Emotional State as a Measure of Interpersonal Vulnerability.

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
Koblin, J. (2016). Some Live Colbert Shows Planned After Debates. New York Times, C3.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Grier, 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Grier, 2003; Russell and Nathan, 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Russell and Nathan, 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Martens-Habbena et al., 2009)

About the journal

Full journal titleFrontiers in Ethnopharmacology
AbbreviationFront. Pharmacol.
ISSN (online)1663-9812
ScopePharmacology (medical)

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