How to format your references using the Frontiers in Head and Neck Cancer citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Frontiers in Head and Neck Cancer. 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
Klaas, S. J. (2013). Perspective: Avoiding injury. Nature 503, S18.
A journal article with 2 authors
Ruocco, G., and Fratalocchi, A. (2014). Period doubling induced by thermal noise amplification in genetic circuits. Sci. Rep. 4, 7088.
A journal article with 3 authors
Watanabe, H., Nebel, C. E., and Shikata, S. (2009). Isotopic homojunction band engineering from diamond. Science 324, 1425–1428.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Marko, P. B., Lee, S. C., Rice, A. M., Gramling, J. M., Fitzhenry, T. M., McAlister, J. S., et al. (2004). Fisheries: mislabelling of a depleted reef fish. Nature 430, 309–310.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bouvier, J.-M., and Campanella, O. H. (2014). Extrusion Processing Technology. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Ślęzak, D., Kim, T.-H., Stoica, A., and Kang, B.-H. eds. (2009). Control and Automation: International Conference, CA 2009, Held as Part of the Future Generation Information Technology Conference, CA 2009, Jeju Island, Korea, December 10-12, 2009.Proceedings. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Mazzola, G., Park, J., and Thalmann, F. (2011). “Getting Off the Ground,” in Musical Creativity: Strategies and Tools in Composition and Improvisation Computational Music Science., eds. J. Park and F. Thalmann (Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer), 21–22.

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 Head and Neck Cancer.

Blog post
Andrews, R. (2016). Burning All Our Fossil Fuels Will Scorch The Earth And Obliterate The Arctic. 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 (2015). Information Technology: Additional OMB and Agency Actions Needed to Ensure Portfolio Savings Are Realized and Effectively Tracked. 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
Anaya, S. (2009). Animo clinician training program for detection and treatment of depression during pregnancy and postpartum depression in low income Latina women a grant proposal project.

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
Crow, K. (2002). Two Old Buildings Win Friends in High Places. New York Times, 147.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Klaas, 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Klaas, 2013; Ruocco and Fratalocchi, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Ruocco and Fratalocchi, 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Marko et al., 2004)

About the journal

Full journal titleFrontiers in Head and Neck Cancer
AbbreviationFront. Oncol.
ISSN (online)2234-943X
ScopeCancer Research

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