How to format your references using the Frontiers in Fungi and Their Interactions citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Frontiers in Fungi and Their Interactions. 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
Kerr, R. A. (2000). GREENHOUSE WARMING: Dueling Models: Future U.S. Climate Uncertain. Science 288, 2113.
A journal article with 2 authors
Strässer, K., and Hurt, E. (2001). Splicing factor Sub2p is required for nuclear mRNA export through its interaction with Yra1p. Nature 413, 648–652.
A journal article with 3 authors
De’ath, G., Lough, J. M., and Fabricius, K. E. (2009). Declining coral calcification on the Great Barrier Reef. Science 323, 116–119.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Ferrant, S., Caballero, Y., Perrin, J., Gascoin, S., Dewandel, B., Aulong, S., et al. (2014). Projected impacts of climate change on farmers’ extraction of groundwater from crystalline aquifers in South India. Sci. Rep. 4, 3697.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Anson, E. M. (2014). Alexander’s Heirs. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Adorni, G., Cagnoni, S., Gori, M., and Maratea, M. eds. (2016). AI*IA 2016 Advances in Artificial Intelligence: XVth International Conference of the Italian Association for Artificial Intelligence, Genova, Italy, November 29 – December 1, 2016, Proceedings. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Ivanova, E. P., Kurilenko, A., Wang, F., and Crawford, R. J. (2010). “Comparative Genomics of Pathogens,” in Infectious Disease Informatics, ed. V. Sintchenko (New York, NY: Springer), 73–91.

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 Fungi and Their Interactions.

Blog post
Hamilton, K. (2015). What Happens When Hummingbirds Fly In A Wind Tunnel? 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 (2016). Unmanned Carrier-Based Aircraft System: Debate over System’s Role Led to Focus on Aerial Refueling. 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
Munz, J. A. (2017). Assessing the Value of Educational Competencies of Healthcare Leaders and Organizational Factors: A Case Study Analysis.

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
Lee, L. (2008). Hurdy Gurdy Man. New York Times, ST4.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Kerr, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Kerr, 2000; Strässer and Hurt, 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Strässer and Hurt, 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Ferrant et al., 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleFrontiers in Fungi and Their Interactions
AbbreviationFront. Microbiol.
ISSN (online)1664-302X
Microbiology (medical)

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