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
Reichhardt, T. (2000). US astronomers draw up their wish list for a decade of funding. Nature 405, 381–382.
A journal article with 2 authors
Fasullo, J. T., and Trenberth, K. E. (2012). A less cloudy future: the role of subtropical subsidence in climate sensitivity. Science 338, 792–794.
A journal article with 3 authors
Parker, J. S., Roe, S. M., and Barford, D. (2005). Structural insights into mRNA recognition from a PIWI domain-siRNA guide complex. Nature 434, 663–666.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Masgrau, L., Roujeinikova, A., Johannissen, L. O., Hothi, P., Basran, J., Ranaghan, K. E., et al. (2006). Atomic description of an enzyme reaction dominated by proton tunneling. Science 312, 237–241.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Gardner, S., and Birley, S. (2010). Blogging for Dummies®. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Publishing, Inc.
An edited book
Sharma, D., Favorskaya, M., Jain, L. C., and Howlett, R. J. eds. (2015). Fusion of Smart, Multimedia and Computer Gaming Technologies: Research, Systems and Perspectives. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Gardbaum, S. (2016). “Decoupling Judicial Review from Judicial Supremacy,” in Democratizing Constitutional Law: Perspectives on Legal Theory and the Legitimacy of Constitutionalism Law and Philosophy Library., eds. T. Bustamante and B. Gonçalves Fernandes (Cham: Springer International Publishing), 93–118.

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
O`Callaghan, J. (2016). This Earpiece Translator Claims To Let You Talk To People In A Foreign Language. 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 (2005). Maritime Administration: Improved Program Management Needed to Address Timely Disposal of Obsolete Ships. 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
Besson, P. S. (2015). Affective Organizational Commitment: A Comparative View of the Experience of 5-7 Year Managerial Employees Who Participated in an Employee Identity Network.

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
Smith, M., and Fortin, J. (2017). Kansas Governor to Be Nominated as Ambassador. New York Times, A16.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Reichhardt, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Reichhardt, 2000; Fasullo and Trenberth, 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Fasullo and Trenberth, 2012)
  • Three or more authors: (Masgrau et al., 2006)

About the journal

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

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