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
Hedin, L.O., 2015. Biogeochemistry: signs of saturation in the tropical carbon sink. Nature 519, 295–296.
A journal article with 2 authors
Western, D., Behrensmeyer, A.K., 2009. Bone assemblages track animal community structure over 40 years in an African savanna ecosystem. Science 324, 1061–1064.
A journal article with 3 authors
Kotera, E., Tasaka, M., Shikanai, T., 2005. A pentatricopeptide repeat protein is essential for RNA editing in chloroplasts. Nature 433, 326–330.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Lecuit, M., Vandormael-Pournin, S., Lefort, J., Huerre, M., Gounon, P., Dupuy, C., Babinet, C., Cossart, P., 2001. A transgenic model for listeriosis: role of internalin in crossing the intestinal barrier. Science 292, 1722–1725.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Beecken, W.H., Beecken, C.A., 2017. Fraud Examination Casebook with Documents. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Logozzo, F., Peled, D.A., Zuck, L.D. (Eds.), 2008. Verification, Model Checking, and Abstract Interpretation: 9th International Conference, VMCAI 2008, San Francisco, USA, January 7-9, 2008. Proceedings, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Morris, M., Rogers, S.M., 2014. Integrating Phenotypic Plasticity Within an Ecological Genomics Framework: Recent Insights from the Genomics, Evolution, Ecology, and Fitness of Plasticity, in: Landry, C.R., Aubin-Horth, N. (Eds.), Ecological Genomics: Ecology and the Evolution of Genes and Genomes, Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, pp. 73–105.

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, E., 2015. What Do Parasitic Worms And Our Increasing Allergies Have In Common? [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, 1976. An Experimental Computer Output Microfilm Service Center (No. 092324). 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
Norman, C.L., 2015. Perceptions of non-traditional programs within Missouri school districts (Doctoral dissertation). Lindenwood University, St. Charles, MO.

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
Tackett, M., 2017. Winning? Political Bellwether Grows Tired Waiting for Trump to Deliver. New York Times A16.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Hedin, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Hedin, 2015; Western and Behrensmeyer, 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Western and Behrensmeyer, 2009)
  • Three or more authors: (Lecuit et al., 2001)

About the journal

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

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