How to format your references using the Frontiers in Pharmacology of Ion Channels and Channelopathies citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Frontiers in Pharmacology of Ion Channels and Channelopathies. 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
Plotkin, J. B. (2011). Cell biology. The lives of proteins. Science 331, 683–684.
A journal article with 2 authors
Holt, M., and Jahn, R. (2004). Neuroscience. Synaptic vesicles in the fast lane. Science 303, 1986–1987.
A journal article with 3 authors
Domnisoru, C., Kinkhabwala, A. A., and Tank, D. W. (2013). Membrane potential dynamics of grid cells. Nature 495, 199–204.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Bouchon, A., Facchetti, F., Weigand, M. A., and Colonna, M. (2001). TREM-1 amplifies inflammation and is a crucial mediator of septic shock. Nature 410, 1103–1107.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Peca, S. P. (2009). Real Estate Development and Investment. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Weber, R. H. (2010). Internet of Things: Legal Perspectives. , ed. R. Weber Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Morales Guerrero, L. E. (2016). “A Story of Hilbert’s Tenth Problem,” in Martin Davis on Computability, Computational Logic, and Mathematical Foundations Outstanding Contributions to Logic., eds. E. G. Omodeo and A. Policriti (Cham: Springer International Publishing), 93–105.

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 Pharmacology of Ion Channels and Channelopathies.

Blog post
Carpineti, A. (2016). NASA Probes Reveal Current In Earth’s Radiation Belts Is Not As Expected. IFLScience. Available at: [Accessed October 30, 2018].


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 (2016). Vehicle Safety: Enhanced Project Management of New Information Technology Could Help Improve NHTSA’s Oversight of Safety Defects. 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
Pigott, C. (2016). School Resource Officers and the School-to-Prison Pipeline: Discovering Trends of Expulsions in Public Schools.

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
Grynbaum, M. M. (2017). The Battle of ‘Morning Joe’: A Presidential Feud. New York Times, A1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Plotkin, 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Holt and Jahn, 2004; Plotkin, 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Holt and Jahn, 2004)
  • Three or more authors: (Bouchon et al., 2001)

About the journal

Full journal titleFrontiers in Pharmacology of Ion Channels and Channelopathies
AbbreviationFront. Pharmacol.
ISSN (online)1663-9812
ScopePharmacology (medical)

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