How to format your references using the Frontiers in Plant Biotechnology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Frontiers in Plant Biotechnology. 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
Babcock, D. F. (2003). Development. Smelling the roses? Science 299, 1993–1994.
A journal article with 2 authors
Thompson, D. W. J., and Barnes, E. A. (2014). Periodic variability in the large-scale Southern Hemisphere atmospheric circulation. Science 343, 641–645.
A journal article with 3 authors
Ishizawa, N., Setoguchi, H., and Yanagisawa, K. (2013). Structural evolution of calcite at high temperatures: phase V unveiled. Sci. Rep. 3, 2832.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Solli, D. R., Ropers, C., Koonath, P., and Jalali, B. (2007). Optical rogue waves. Nature 450, 1054–1057.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
The Family Firm Institute, Inc. (2013). Family Enterprise. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Feng, L., Wang, G., Zeng, C., and Huang, R. eds. (2006). Web Information Systems – WISE 2006 Workshops: WISE 2006 International Workshops, Wuhan, China, October 23-26, 2006. Proceedings. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Manchanda, S., and Steemers, K. (2012). “Environmental Control and the Creation of Well-being,” in Sustainable Environmental Design in Architecture: Impacts on Health Springer Optimization and Its Applications., eds. S. T. Rassia and P. M. Pardalos (New York, NY: Springer), 69–81.

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 Plant Biotechnology.

Blog post
Davis, J. (2016). Adorable Slow Lorises Will Go For The Most Potent Of Drinks. IFLScience.

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 (1990). Education Regulations: Reasons for Delays in Issuance. 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
Lee, E. (2017). Assessing the Well-Being Koreans and Korean Americans: Psychometric Validation Study for a Multidimensional Assessment of Well-Being.

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
Markoff, J. (2017). Robert Taylor, 85, Who Helped Create the Internet, Dies. 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 (Babcock, 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Babcock, 2003; Thompson and Barnes, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Thompson and Barnes, 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Solli et al., 2007)

About the journal

Full journal titleFrontiers in Plant Biotechnology
AbbreviationFront. Plant Sci.
ISSN (online)1664-462X
ScopePlant Science

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