How to format your references using the Frontiers in NK Cell Biology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Frontiers in NK Cell Biology. 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
Cannon, B. (2013). Cardiovascular disease: Biochemistry to behaviour. Nature 493, S2-3.
A journal article with 2 authors
Weaver, A. J., and Hillaire-Marcel, C. (2004). Ocean science. Global warming and the next ice age. Science 304, 400–402.
A journal article with 3 authors
Schön, J. H., Kloc, C., and Batlogg, B. (2001). High-temperature superconductivity in lattice-expanded C60. Science 293, 2432–2434.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Stenni, B., Masson-Delmotte, V., Johnsen, S., Jouzel, J., Longinelli, A., Monnin, E., et al. (2001). An oceanic cold reversal during the last deglaciation. Science 293, 2074–2077.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Zhang, W., Chou, X., Shi, T., Ma, Z., Bao, H., Chen, J., et al. (2016). Measurement Technology for Micro-Nanometer Devices. Singapore: John Wiley & Sons Singapore Pte. Ltd.
An edited book
Jarm, T., Kramar, P., and Zupanic, A. eds. (2007). 11th Mediterranean Conference on Medical and Biomedical Engineering and Computing 2007: MEDICON 2007, 26-30 June 2007, Ljubljana, Slovenia. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Van Dyke Parunak, H., Bisson, R., Brueckner, S., Matthews, R., and Sauter, J. (2006). “Representing Dispositions and Emotions in Simulated Combat,” in Defence Applications of Multi-Agent Systems: International Workshop, DAMAS 2005, Utrecht, The Netherlands, July 25, 2005, Revised and Invited Papers Lecture Notes in Computer Science., eds. S. G. Thompson and R. Ghanea-Hercock (Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer), 51–65.

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 NK Cell Biology.

Blog post
Fang, J. (2014). Simple Blood Test Could Detect All Types Of Cancer. IFLScience. Available at: https://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/simple-blood-test-could-detect-all-types-cancer/ [Accessed October 30, 2018].

Reports

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 (1980). Undergraduate Helicopter Pilot Training: Consolidation Could Yield Significant Savings. 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
Brady, D. C. (2008). The transforming Rho family GTPase, Wrch -1, regulates epithelial cell morphogenesis through modulating cell junctions and actin cytoskeletal dynamics.

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
Grisham, J. (2017). John Grisham’s Suggestions for Writing Popular Fiction. New York Times, BR31.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Potrykus, 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Brody, 2011; Vane, 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Weaver and Hillaire-Marcel, 2004)
  • Three or more authors: (Borra et al., 2007)

About the journal

Full journal titleFrontiers in NK Cell Biology
AbbreviationFront. Immunol.
ISSN (online)1664-3224
Scope

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