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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Frontiers in Genomic Physiology. 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
Bird, A. (2007). Perceptions of epigenetics. Nature 447, 396–398.
A journal article with 2 authors
Johnson, D. L., and Johnson, S. A. S. (2008). Cell biology. RNA metabolism and oncogenesis. Science 320, 461–462.
A journal article with 3 authors
Harris, G. C., Wimmer, M., and Aston-Jones, G. (2005). A role for lateral hypothalamic orexin neurons in reward seeking. Nature 437, 556–559.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Aubert, M., Setiawan, P., Oktaviana, A. A., Brumm, A., Sulistyarto, P. H., Saptomo, E. W., et al. (2018). Palaeolithic cave art in Borneo. Nature.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Wright, D. (2016). Using Commercial Contracts. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Eriksson-Backa, K., Luoma, A., and Krook, E. eds. (2012). Exploring the Abyss of Inequalities: 4th International Conference on Well-Being in the Information Society, WIS 2012, Turku, Finland, August 22-24, 2012. Proceedings. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Schaffer, S., Kearney, E., Voelpel, S. C., and Koester, R. (2012). “Managing demographic change and diversity in organizations: how feedback from coworkers moderates the relationship between age and innovative work behavior,” in Managing Diversity in Organizations, eds. B. Beham, C. Straub, and J. Schwalbach (Wiesbaden: Gabler Verlag), 45–68.

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 Physiology.

Blog post
Andrew, D. (2017). Yes There’s Hope, But Treating Spinal Injuries With Stem Cells Is Not A Reality Yet. 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 (1998). Year 2000 Computing: EFT 99 Is Not Expected to Affect Year 2000 Remediation Efforts. 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
Guarin, Y. (2017). A Postpartum Support Group for Women Experiencing Postpartum Depression: A Grant Proposal.

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
Wagner, J. (2017). Mets’ Pick for Manager Is Heavy on Pitching and Youth. New York Times, D2.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Bird, 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Bird, 2007; Johnson and Johnson, 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Johnson and Johnson, 2008)
  • Three or more authors: (Aubert et al., 2018)

About the journal

Full journal titleFrontiers in Genomic Physiology
AbbreviationFront. Physiol.
ISSN (online)1664-042X
Physiology (medical)

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