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
Baker, D. N. (2000). Keeping editors in line. Science 289, 550b.
A journal article with 2 authors
Yuan, J., and Poulin, P. (2014). Materials science. Fibers do the twist. Science 343, 845–846.
A journal article with 3 authors
Timm, R. M., Ramey, R. R., 2nd, and Nomenclature Committee of the American Society of Mammalogists (2005). What constitutes a proper description? Science 309, 2163–6; author reply 2163-6.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Reid, W. V., Chen, D., Goldfarb, L., Hackmann, H., Lee, Y. T., Mokhele, K., et al. (2010). Environment and development. Earth system science for global sustainability: grand challenges. Science 330, 916–917.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Möller, R., Pöter, H., and Schwarze, K. (2011). Planen und Bauen mit Trapezprofilen und Sandwichelementen. Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
An edited book
Letfullin, R. R. (2016). Computational Nanomedicine and Nanotechnology: Lectures with Computer Practicums. , ed. T. F. George Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Sodnik, J., and Tomažič, S. (2015). “Spatial Auditory Interfaces,” in Spatial Auditory Human-Computer Interfaces SpringerBriefs in Computer Science., ed. S. Tomažič (Cham: Springer International Publishing), 45–79.

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
Carpineti, C. (2017). Spectacular Footage Of Narwhals Reveals The True Purpose Of Their Tusks. 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 (1979). New Alien Identification System--Little Help in Stopping Illegal Aliens. 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
Warner, T. (2015). California Assembly Bill 2404 Fair Play in Community Sports Act compliance procedures manual.

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
This story was reported by C.J. Chivers, Arvedlund, E. E., Kishkovsky, S., and Chivers, W. by M. (2004). Editor’s Death Raises Questions About Change in Russia. New York Times, 13.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Baker, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Baker, 2000; Yuan and Poulin, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Yuan and Poulin, 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Reid et al., 2010)

About the journal

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

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