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
Anderson, R. S. (2015). GEOPHYSICS. Pinched topography initiates the critical zone. Science 350, 506–507.
A journal article with 2 authors
David, L. A., and Alm, E. J. (2011). Rapid evolutionary innovation during an Archaean genetic expansion. Nature 469, 93–96.
A journal article with 3 authors
Deleault, N. R., Lucassen, R. W., and Supattapone, S. (2003). RNA molecules stimulate prion protein conversion. Nature 425, 717–720.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Laurance, W. F., Delamônica, P., Laurance, S. G., Vasconcelos, H. L., and Lovejoy, T. E. (2000). Rainforest fragmentation kills big trees. Nature 404, 836.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Perez, A. (2013). IP, Ethernet and MPLS Networks. Hoboken, NJ USA: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Dellaert, F., Frahm, J.-M., Pollefeys, M., Leal-Taixé, L., and Rosenhahn, B. eds. (2012). Outdoor and Large-Scale Real-World Scene Analysis: 15th International Workshop on Theoretical Foundations of Computer Vision, Dagstuhl Castle, Germany, June 26 - July 1, 2011. Revised Selected Papers. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Pinsker, R. (2007). “A Theoretical Framework for Examining the Corporate Adoption Decision Involving XBRL as a Continuous Disclosure Reporting Technology,” in New Dimensions of Business Reporting and XBRL, eds. C. Felden and M. Piechocki (Wiesbaden: DUV), 73–98.

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
Carpineti, A. (2016). A Potential Answer To Why Life Needs Water. IFLScience. Available at: https://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/a-potential-answer-to-why-life-needs-water/ [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 (2001). DOD Information Technology: Software and Systems Process Improvement Programs Vary in Use of Best Practices. 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
Payne, L. G. (2015). The experience of caring for women with drug or alcohol problems in the general hospital.

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
Walsh, M. W. (2013). MetLife Will Repatriate an Offshore Reinsurance Unit to Mollify Regulators. New York Times, B4.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Anderson, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (David and Alm, 2011; Anderson, 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (David and Alm, 2011)
  • Three or more authors: (Laurance et al., 2000)

About the journal

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

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