How to format your references using the Frontiers in Gastrointestinal Pharmacology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Frontiers in Gastrointestinal Pharmacology. 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
Weissert, H. (2000). Deciphering methane’s fingerprint. Nature 406, 356–357.
A journal article with 2 authors
Margoliash, D., and Hale, M. E. (2008). Neuroscience. Vertebrate vocalizations. Science 321, 347–348.
A journal article with 3 authors
Regenauer-Lieb, K., Yuen, D. A., and Branlund, J. (2001). The initiation of subduction: criticality by addition of water? Science 294, 578–580.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Chen, X. J., Wang, X., Kaufman, B. A., and Butow, R. A. (2005). Aconitase couples metabolic regulation to mitochondrial DNA maintenance. Science 307, 714–717.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bersuker, I. B. (2010). Electronic Structure and Properties of Transition Metal Compounds. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Wild, A. ed. (2012). CAS and Football: Landmark Cases. The Hague, The Netherlands: T. M. C. Asser Press.
A chapter in an edited book
Magin, S., Huber, F., and Herrmann, A. (2015). “Determinants of Teenagers’ Brand Buying Behavior — Development of a Structural Equation Model,” in New Meanings for Marketing in a New Millennium: Proceedings of the 2001 Academy of Marketing Science (AMS) Annual Conference Developments in Marketing Science: Proceedings of the Academy of Marketing Science., eds. M. Moore and R. S. Moore (Cham: Springer International Publishing), 12–16.

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 Gastrointestinal Pharmacology.

Blog post
Hamilton, K. (2016). Neuroscience Hasn’t Been Weaponized – It’s Been A Tool Of War From The Start. 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 (2000). National Airspace System: Persistent Problems in FAA’s New Navigation System Highlight Need for Periodic Reevaluation. 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
Zolfaghari, S. S. (2015). The relationship between folic acid, vitamin B12, and vitamin B6 intakes and depression in women who use hormonal oral contraceptives.

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
Feeney, K. (2006). A Cupful Of Vienna. New York Times, NJ21.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Weissert, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Weissert, 2000; Margoliash and Hale, 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Margoliash and Hale, 2008)
  • Three or more authors: (Chen et al., 2005)

About the journal

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

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