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
Thorne, P. W. (2008). Arctic tropospheric warming amplification? Nature 455, E1-2; discussion E4-5.
A journal article with 2 authors
Kleckner, D., and Bouwmeester, D. (2006). Sub-kelvin optical cooling of a micromechanical resonator. Nature 444, 75–78.
A journal article with 3 authors
Brummelkamp, T. R., Bernards, R., and Agami, R. (2002). A system for stable expression of short interfering RNAs in mammalian cells. Science 296, 550–553.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Mazel, C. H., Cronin, T. W., Caldwell, R. L., and Marshall, N. J. (2004). Fluorescent enhancement of signaling in a mantis shrimp. Science 303, 51.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Sab, K., and Lebée, A. (2015). Homogenization of Heterogeneous Thin and Thick Plates. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Lu, T. (2014). Video Text Detection. , eds. S. Palaiahnakote, C. L. Tan, and W. Liu London: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Olson, D. L., and Wu, D. (2008). “Supply Chain Risk Management,” in New Frontiers in Enterprise Risk Management, eds. D. L. Olson and D. Wu (Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer), 57–67.

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
Andrew, E. (2014). Watch The Delta IV Rocket Launch Live. 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 (1992). National Aero-Space Plane: Key Issues Facing the Program. 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
Vargas, A. R. (2010). Implementing modern geographic technology in the trucking industry: A case study.

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
Feeney, K. (2008). Pancakes: Yours, Any Of 100 Ways. New York Times, NJ12.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Thorne, 2008).
This sentence cites two references (Kleckner and Bouwmeester, 2006; Thorne, 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Kleckner and Bouwmeester, 2006)
  • Three or more authors: (Mazel et al., 2004)

About the journal

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

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