How to format your references using the Frontiers in Integrative and Regenerative Pharmacology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Frontiers in Integrative and Regenerative Pharmacology. 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
Cohen, T. D. (2010). Physics. Fishing antihypernuclei out of a quark-gluon soup. Science 328, 55–56.
A journal article with 2 authors
Herlihy, C. R., and Eckert, C. G. (2002). Genetic cost of reproductive assurance in a self-fertilizing plant. Nature 416, 320–323.
A journal article with 3 authors
Abou Chakra, M., Hilbe, C., and Traulsen, A. (2014). Plastic behaviors in hosts promote the emergence of retaliatory parasites. Sci. Rep. 4, 4251.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Lim, S. P., Pandikumar, A., Lim, Y. S., Huang, N. M., and Lim, H. N. (2014). In-situ electrochemically deposited polypyrrole nanoparticles incorporated reduced graphene oxide as an efficient counter electrode for platinum-free dye-sensitized solar cells. Sci. Rep. 4, 5305.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Maillard, P. (2013). Competitive Quality Strategies. Hoboken, NJ USA: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Martínez-Martín, E. (2012). Robust Motion Detection in Real-Life Scenarios. , ed. Á. P. del Pobil London: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Kunz, J. S. (2013). “Clinical Manifestations of Atherothrombosis,” in Atherosclerosis: Clinical Perspectives Through Imaging, eds. A. J. Taylor and T. C. Villines (London: Springer), 45–58.

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 Integrative and Regenerative Pharmacology.

Blog post
O`Callaghan, J. (2017). NASA Just Released Some Absolutely Spectacular New Photos Of Jupiter. 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 (1990). Operations of and Outlook for the Highway Trust Fund. 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
Mayfield, K. M. (2010). Project managers’ experience and description of decision uncertainty associated with the agile software development methodology: A phenomenological study.

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
Brantley, B. (2015). Fluid and Complicated Couplings. 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 (Cohen, 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Herlihy and Eckert, 2002; Cohen, 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Herlihy and Eckert, 2002)
  • Three or more authors: (Lim et al., 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleFrontiers in Integrative and Regenerative Pharmacology
AbbreviationFront. Pharmacol.
ISSN (online)1663-9812
ScopePharmacology (medical)

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