How to format your references using the Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
Mervis, J., 2006. Environmental science. Climate sensors dropped from U.S. weather satellite package. Science 312, 1580.
A journal article with 2 authors
Nisbet, E.G., Sleep, N.H., 2001. The habitat and nature of early life. Nature 409, 1083–1091.
A journal article with 3 authors
Meeusen, S., McCaffery, J.M., Nunnari, J., 2004. Mitochondrial fusion intermediates revealed in vitro. Science 305, 1747–1752.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Zheng, Q., Jiao, N., Zhang, R., Chen, F., Suttle, C.A., 2013. Prevalence of psbA-containing cyanobacterial podoviruses in the ocean. Sci. Rep. 3, 3207.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Borgen, U.J., Nakrem, H.A., 2016. Morphology, phylogeny and taxonomy of osteolepiform fish. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.
An edited book
Kappauf, J., 2011. Logistic Core Operations with SAP: Procurement, Production and Distribution Logistics. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Theoharis, T., 2009. 3D Object Retrieval: Inter-Class vs. Intra-Class, in: Plemenos, D., Miaoulis, G. (Eds.), Artificial Intelligence Techniques for Computer Graphics, Studies in Computational Intelligence. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 55–66.

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 Neuroendocrinology.

Blog post
Davis, J., 2017. Protein From Mussel Glue Used To Help Prevent Scarring [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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, 1973. Propriety of the City Edges Grant Awarded to the Suburban Action Institute (No. B-158811). U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Kurulugama, R.T., 2009. Overtone mobility spectrometry (Doctoral dissertation). Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.

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
(nyt), S.K., 2002. World Briefing | Asia: Russia: Journalist’s Body Found. New York Times A10.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Mervis, 2006).
This sentence cites two references (Mervis, 2006; Nisbet and Sleep, 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Nisbet and Sleep, 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Zheng et al., 2013)

About the journal

Full journal titleFrontiers in Neuroendocrinology
AbbreviationFront. Neuroendocrinol.
ISSN (print)0091-3022
ScopeEndocrine and Autonomic Systems

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