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
Stocker, T. F. (2002). Climate change. North-south connections. Science 297, 1814–1815.
A journal article with 2 authors
Bays, P. M., and Husain, M. (2008). Dynamic shifts of limited working memory resources in human vision. Science 321, 851–854.
A journal article with 3 authors
Acquisti, A., Brandimarte, L., and Loewenstein, G. (2015). Privacy and human behavior in the age of information. Science 347, 509–514.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Tian, F., Duan, D., Li, D., Chen, C., Sha, X., Zhao, Z., et al. (2014). Miscibility and ordered structures of MgO-ZnO alloys under high pressure. Sci. Rep. 4, 5759.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Halbich, I. W. (1993). Cape Fold Belt‐Agulhas Bank Transect Across Gondwana Suture, Southern Africa. Washington, D. C.: American Geophysical Union.
An edited book
Sussman, R. W., and Cloninger, C. R. eds. (2011). Origins of Altruism and Cooperation. New York, NY: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Froehlich, J., Larson, E., Saba, E., Campbell, T., Atlas, L., Fogarty, J., et al. (2011). “A Longitudinal Study of Pressure Sensing to Infer Real-World Water Usage Events in the Home,” in Pervasive Computing: 9th International Conference, Pervasive 2011, San Francisco, USA, June 12-15, 2011. Proceedings Lecture Notes in Computer Science., eds. K. Lyons, J. Hightower, and E. M. Huang (Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer), 50–69.

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
Andrews, R. (2016). This Human Has Been “Designed” To Survive In Car Crashes. 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 (1976). Bilingual Education: A Necessity That Has Not Been Satisfied. 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
Prietto, M. (2015). No place like home: The problem and the promise of the home psychotherapy office.

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
Greenhouse, L. (2006). Abortion Opponents Win Dispute. New York Times, A14.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Stocker, 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Bays and Husain, 2008; Stocker, 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Bays and Husain, 2008)
  • Three or more authors: (Tian et al., 2014)

About the journal

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

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