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
Hoag, H. (2003). Coal-fired power plant to bury issue of emissions. Nature 422, 7.
A journal article with 2 authors
Fields, S., and Johnston, M. (2002). Genomics. A crisis in postgenomic nomenclature. Science 296, 671–672.
A journal article with 3 authors
Chang, J. C., Lockner, D. A., and Reches, Z. (2012). Rapid acceleration leads to rapid weakening in earthquake-like laboratory experiments. Science 338, 101–105.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Ling, H.-F., Gao, J.-F., Zhao, K.-D., Jiang, S.-Y., and Ma, D.-S. (2005). Comment on “Molybdenum isotope evidence for widespread anoxia in mid-Proterozoic oceans.” Science 309, 1017; author reply 1017.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Terré, M., Pischella, M., and Vivier, E. (2013). Wireless Telecommunication Systems. Hoboken, NJ USA: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Bjørn, P. (2014). Sociomaterial-Design: Bounding Technologies in Practice. , ed. C. Østerlund Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Viscusi, G., Batini, C., and Mecella, M. (2010). “State Reconstruction,” in Information Systems for eGovernment: A Quality-of-Service Perspective, eds. C. Batini and M. Mecella (Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer), 75–98.

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, E. (2015). Creating Dinosaurs: Why Jurassic World Could Never Work. IFLScience.


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 (1974). Expenditures of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for Public Relations Activities. 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
Mcfarlane, N. (2010). Information power efficiency tradeoffs in mixed signal CMOS circuits.

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
Hoffman, C. (2013). David Lynch Has a Great Idea for a Movie. New York Times, MM26.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Hoag, 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Fields and Johnston, 2002; Hoag, 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Fields and Johnston, 2002)
  • Three or more authors: (Ling et al., 2005)

About the journal

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

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