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
Lichtenthaler, S.F., 2012. Cell biology. Sheddase gets guidance. Science 335, 179–180.
A journal article with 2 authors
Day, K.P., Fowkes, F.J.I., 2011. Microbiology. Quantifying malaria dynamics within the host. Science 333, 943–944.
A journal article with 3 authors
Finnegan, N.J., Schumer, R., Finnegan, S., 2014. A signature of transience in bedrock river incision rates over timescales of 10(4)-10(7) years. Nature 505, 391–394.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Ahn, H.S., Kim, J.M., Park, C., Jang, J.-W., Lee, J.S., Kim, H., Kaviany, M., Kim, M.H., 2013. A novel role of three dimensional graphene foam to prevent heater failure during boiling. Sci. Rep. 3, 1960.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Zauderer, E., 2006. Partial Differential Equations of Applied Mathematics. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Cartier, P., Illusie, L., Katz, N.M., Laumon, G., Manin, Y.I., Ribet, K.A. (Eds.), 2007. The Grothendieck Festschrift: A Collection of Articles Written in Honor of the 60th Birthday of Alexander Grothendieck, Progress in Mathematics. Birkhäuser, Boston, MA.
A chapter in an edited book
Mundbrod, N., Kolb, J., Reichert, M., 2013. Towards a System Support of Collaborative Knowledge Work, in: Rosa, M.L., Soffer, P. (Eds.), Business Process Management Workshops: BPM 2012 International Workshops, Tallinn, Estonia, September 3, 2012. Revised Papers, Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 31–42.

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
Andrew, D., 2016. Space Submarines Will Allow Us To Explore The Seas Of Icy Moons [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, 2005. Technology Development: New DOD Space Science and Technology Strategy Provides Basis for Optimizing Investments, but Future Versions Need to Be More Robust (No. GAO-05-155). 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
Schaeffler, K.P., 2015. From Flag Officer to Corporate Leader: A Phenomenological Study of the Influence of Career Transition on Executive Leadership and Professional Identity (Doctoral dissertation). George Washington University, Washington, DC.

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., 2003. World Briefing | Europe: Moldova: Putin Cancels Visit. New York Times A6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Lichtenthaler, 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Day and Fowkes, 2011; Lichtenthaler, 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Day and Fowkes, 2011)
  • Three or more authors: (Ahn 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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