How to format your references using the Frontiers in Movement Science and Sport Psychology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Frontiers in Movement Science and Sport Psychology. 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
Wadman, M. (2006). The quiet rise of the clinical contractor. Nature 441, 22–23.
A journal article with 2 authors
Queller, D. C., and Strassmann, J. E. (2002). The many selves of social insects. Science 296, 311–313.
A journal article with 3 authors
Dieterich, J., Cayol, V., and Okubo, P. (2000). The use of earthquake rate changes as a stress meter at Kilauea volcano. Nature 408, 457–460.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Murayama, M., Howe, J. M., Hidaka, H., and Takaki, S. (2002). Atomic-level observation of disclination dipoles in mechanically milled, nanocrystalline Fe. Science 295, 2433–2435.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Diab, W. W., and Frazier, H. M. (2011). Ethernet in the First Mile. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Reissig, M., and Schulze, B.-W. eds. (2005). New Trends in the Theory of Hyperbolic Equations. Basel: Birkhäuser.
A chapter in an edited book
González-Béjar, M. (2015). “Silver Nanoparticles in Heterogeneous Plasmon Mediated Catalysis,” in Silver Nanoparticle Applications: In the Fabrication and Design of Medical and Biosensing Devices Engineering Materials., eds. E. I. Alarcon, M. Griffith, and K. I. Udekwu (Cham: Springer International Publishing), 71–92.

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 Movement Science and Sport Psychology.

Blog post
Luntz, S. (2015). Misinformed Spiders Lead Colonies To Disaster. 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 (1970). Status of Equipment, Automotive Mechanics Training Project. 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
Cheung, M. (2010). An integrated change model in project management.

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
Feeney, K. (2007). In a Word, Fabulous. New York Times, NJ6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Wadman, 2006).
This sentence cites two references (Queller and Strassmann, 2002; Wadman, 2006).

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

  • Two authors: (Queller and Strassmann, 2002)
  • Three or more authors: (Murayama et al., 2002)

About the journal

Full journal titleFrontiers in Movement Science and Sport Psychology
AbbreviationFront. Psychol.
ISSN (online)1664-1078
ScopeGeneral Psychology

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