How to format your references using the Frontiers in Microbiological Chemistry citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Frontiers in Microbiological Chemistry. 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
Chait, B. T. (2006). Chemistry. Mass spectrometry: bottom-up or top-down? Science 314, 65–66.
A journal article with 2 authors
Chen, J., and Novick, R. P. (2009). Phage-mediated intergeneric transfer of toxin genes. Science 323, 139–141.
A journal article with 3 authors
Gómez-Llobregat, J., Buceta, J., and Reigada, R. (2013). Interplay of cytoskeletal activity and lipid phase stability in dynamic protein recruitment and clustering. Sci. Rep. 3, 2608.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Zhang, D.-S., Chang, Z., Li, Y.-F., Jiang, Z.-Y., Xuan, Z.-H., Zhang, Y.-H., et al. (2013). Fluorous metal-organic frameworks with enhanced stability and high H2/CO2 storage capacities. Sci. Rep. 3, 3312.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Meinert, C. L. (2012). Clinical Trials Handbook. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Shi, Y., Xu, W., and Chen, Z. eds. (2005). Data Mining and Knowledge Management: Chinese Academy of Sciences Symposium CASDMKM 2004, Beijing, China, July 12-14, 2004. Revised Papers. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Ba, S., and Yang, X. (2016). “The Impossible Trinity,” in “Internet Plus” Pathways to the Transformation of China’s Property Sector, ed. X. Yang (Singapore: Springer), 51–59.

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 Microbiological Chemistry.

Blog post
Luntz, S. (2014). Scientists Claim They Are Close To Cloning A Mammoth. 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 (1987). Telephone Communications: Controlling Cross-Subsidy Between Regulated and Competitive Services. 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
Tucker, T. (2014). Psychoeducational support groups for postadoptive parents: A grant-writing 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
Burghardt, L. F. (2006). Mutiny in the Harbor: One Ship Too Many. New York Times, 14WC7.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Chait, 2006).
This sentence cites two references (Chait, 2006; Chen and Novick, 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Chen and Novick, 2009)
  • Three or more authors: (Zhang et al., 2013)

About the journal

Full journal titleFrontiers in Microbiological Chemistry
AbbreviationFront. Microbiol.
ISSN (online)1664-302X
Microbiology (medical)

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