How to format your references using the Frontiers in Evolutionary and Population Genetics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Frontiers in Evolutionary and Population Genetics. 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
Breukink, E. (2009). Cell biology. Lethal traffic jam. Science 325, 684–685.
A journal article with 2 authors
Buffett, B. A., and Wenk, H. R. (2001). Texturing of the Earth’s inner core by Maxwell stresses. Nature 413, 60–63.
A journal article with 3 authors
Jasny, B. R., Kelner, K. L., and Pennisi, E. (2008). Genetics of behavior. From genes to social behavior. Introduction. Science 322, 891.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Szenker-Ravi, E., Altunoglu, U., Leushacke, M., Bosso-Lefèvre, C., Khatoo, M., Thi Tran, H., et al. (2018). RSPO2 inhibition of RNF43 and ZNRF3 governs limb development independently of LGR4/5/6. Nature 557, 564–569.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Block, T., Eggert, H., and Kauschke, W. (2013). Lager im Bauwesen. Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
An edited book
Gattorno, M. ed. (2015). Familial Mediterranean Fever. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Roy, U., and Majumder, M. (2016). “Result and Discussion,” in Impact of Climate Change on Small Scale Hydro-turbine Selections SpringerBriefs in Energy., ed. M. Majumder (Singapore: Springer), 19–41.

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 Evolutionary and Population Genetics.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2014). Stunning Photo Of The Grand Canyon From The International Space Station. 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). Handling of Bid Protests Involving Automatic Data Processing Equipment Procurements. 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
Pyzdrowski, J. E. (2017). Experiences of Advisors/Mentors in Developing Leadership Emergence in a Post Conflict, Marginalized Society: A Phenomenological Study.

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
Novick, S. M. (2016). Satisfying the Sweet (and Savory) Tooth. New York Times, LI8.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Breukink, 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Buffett and Wenk, 2001; Breukink, 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Buffett and Wenk, 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Szenker-Ravi et al., 2018)

About the journal

Full journal titleFrontiers in Evolutionary and Population Genetics
AbbreviationFront. Genet.
ISSN (online)1664-8021
Molecular Medicine

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