How to format your references using the Frontiers in Genomic Assay Technology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Frontiers in Genomic Assay Technology. 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
Bilbe, G. (2015). Infectious diseases. Overcoming neglect of kinetoplastid diseases. Science 348, 974–976.
A journal article with 2 authors
Remondes, M., and Schuman, E. M. (2002). Direct cortical input modulates plasticity and spiking in CA1 pyramidal neurons. Nature 416, 736–740.
A journal article with 3 authors
Rokas, A., Krüger, D., and Carroll, S. B. (2005). Animal evolution and the molecular signature of radiations compressed in time. Science 310, 1933–1938.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
He, K., Marsland, R., III, Upadhyayula, S., Song, E., Dang, S., Capraro, B. R., et al. (2017). Dynamics of phosphoinositide conversion in clathrin-mediated endocytic traffic. Nature 552, 410–414.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bauer, E. (2010). Design for Reliability. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Rudek, M. A., Chau, C. H., Figg, W. D., and McLeod, H. L. eds. (2014). Handbook of Anticancer Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics. 2nd ed. 2014. New York, NY: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Post, A., Hoenicke, J., and Podelski, A. (2011). “rt-Inconsistency: A New Property for Real-Time Requirements,” in Fundamental Approaches to Software Engineering: 14th International Conference, FASE 2011, Held as Part of the Joint European Conferences on Theory and Practice of Software, ETAPS 2011, Saarbrücken, Germany, March 26–April 3, 2011. Proceedings Lecture Notes in Computer Science., eds. D. Giannakopoulou and F. Orejas (Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer), 34–49.

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 Genomic Assay Technology.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015). An Artificial Pancreas Has Just Made Giving Birth Safer For Diabetic Women. 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 (1995). School Facilities: Accessibility for the Disabled Still an Issue. 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
Kostenbader, T. C. (2015). Analyzing students’ attitudes towards science during inquiry-based lessons.

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
Barnes, B. (2017). Golden Globes Put Stars and Politics on the Stage. New York Times, C1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Bilbe, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Remondes and Schuman, 2002; Bilbe, 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Remondes and Schuman, 2002)
  • Three or more authors: (He et al., 2017)

About the journal

Full journal titleFrontiers in Genomic Assay Technology
AbbreviationFront. Genet.
ISSN (online)1664-8021
Molecular Medicine

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