How to format your references using the Frontiers in Mitochondrial Research citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Frontiers in Mitochondrial Research. 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
Netz, R. (2002). Portraits of science. Proof, amazement, and the unexpected. Science 298, 967–968.
A journal article with 2 authors
Poliakoff, M., and King, P. (2001). Phenomenal fluids. Nature 412, 125.
A journal article with 3 authors
Whitmire, E., Khan, B., and Coué, M. (2002). Cdc6 synthesis regulates replication competence in Xenopus oocytes. Nature 419, 722–725.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Gizzi, A. S., Grove, T. L., Arnold, J. J., Jose, J., Jangra, R. K., Garforth, S. J., et al. (2018). A naturally occurring antiviral ribonucleotide encoded by the human genome. Nature 558, 610–614.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bartley, T. (2011). Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Cancer. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Hassanien, A. E., Tolba, M. F., and Taher Azar, A. eds. (2014). Advanced Machine Learning Technologies and Applications: Second International Conference, AMLTA 2014, Cairo, Egypt, November 28-30, 2014. Proceedings. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Grefenstette, E., Sadrzadeh, M., Clark, S., Coecke, B., and Pulman, S. (2014). “Concrete Sentence Spaces for Compositional Distributional Models of Meaning,” in Computing Meaning: Volume 4 Text, Speech and Language Technology., eds. H. Bunt, J. Bos, and S. Pulman (Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands), 71–86.

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 Mitochondrial Research.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2014). Ask A Physicist To Speak At Your Funeral. 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 (1978). Review of Army’s Efforts To Develop TACFIRE. 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
Senaga, K. A. (2016). Tasteless, cheap, and southern? The rise and decline of the farm-raised catfish industry.

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
Kelly, M. (2012). Bridget Kelly and Eric Strauss. New York Times, ST11.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Netz, 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Poliakoff and King, 2001; Netz, 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Poliakoff and King, 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Gizzi et al., 2018)

About the journal

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

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