How to format your references using the Frontiers in Neuro-Ophthalmology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Frontiers in Neuro-Ophthalmology. 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
Poulin, P. (2005). Chemistry. New gels for mixing immiscible liquids. Science 309, 2174–2175.
A journal article with 2 authors
Willis, J. K., and Church, J. A. (2012). Climate change. Regional sea-level projection. Science 336, 550–551.
A journal article with 3 authors
Tibi, R., Wiens, D. A., and Inoue, H. (2003). Remote triggering of deep earthquakes in the 2002 Tonga sequences. Nature 424, 921–925.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Hoffman, S. L., Subramanian, G. M., Collins, F. H., and Venter, J. C. (2002). Plasmodium, human and Anopheles genomics and malaria. Nature 415, 702–709.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Penner, T., and Lopez, D. C. (2015). De-Introducing the New Testament. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Satapathy, S. C., Bhatt, Y. C., Joshi, A., and Mishra, D. K. eds. (2016). Proceedings of the International Congress on Information and Communication Technology: ICICT 2015, Volume 1. Singapore: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Jones, S., and Woglom, J. F. (2016). “Overcoming Nomos,” in On Mutant Pedagogies: Seeking Justice and Drawing Change in Teacher Education, ed. J. F. Woglom (Rotterdam: SensePublishers), 49–69.

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 Neuro-Ophthalmology.

Blog post
Hamilton, K. (2017). Marijuana Extract Reduces Seizures In Kids With Severe Epilepsy. 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 (2001). HUD Information Systems: Immature Software Acquisition Capability Increases Project Risks. 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
Gomez, D. A. (2010). System of systems engineering: Prescribing the technical development effort to engineer a constituent system.

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
Hirshman, L. (2007). Off to Work She Should Go. New York Times, A27.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Poulin, 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Poulin, 2005; Willis and Church, 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Willis and Church, 2012)
  • Three or more authors: (Hoffman et al., 2002)

About the journal

Full journal titleFrontiers in Neuro-Ophthalmology
AbbreviationFront. Neurol.
ISSN (online)1664-2295
ScopeClinical Neurology

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