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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Frontiers in Plant 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
Palumbi, S. R. (2001). Humans as the world’s greatest evolutionary force. Science 293, 1786–1790.
A journal article with 2 authors
Tierney, J. E., and deMenocal, P. B. (2013). Abrupt shifts in Horn of Africa hydroclimate since the Last Glacial Maximum. Science 342, 843–846.
A journal article with 3 authors
Beekman, M., Calis, J. N., and Boot, W. J. (2000). Parasitic honeybees get royal treatment. Nature 404, 723.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Beebe, D. J., Moore, J. S., Bauer, J. M., Yu, Q., Liu, R. H., Devadoss, C., et al. (2000). Functional hydrogel structures for autonomous flow control inside microfluidic channels. Nature 404, 588–590.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Mack, I. (2014). Energy Trading and Risk Management. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Ahmad, S. I. ed. (2010). Diseases of DNA Repair. New York, NY: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Oyama-Higa, M., Miao, T., and Takada, S. (2014). “Development of the System which Carries Out the Self-check of the Mental Condition Using the Nonlinear Analysis of the Plethysmogram,” in Biomedical Informatics and Technology: First International Conference, ACBIT 2013, Aizu-Wakamatsu, Japan, September 16-17, 2013. Revised Selected Papers Communications in Computer and Information Science., eds. T. D. Pham, K. Ichikawa, M. Oyama-Higa, D. Coomans, and X. Jiang (Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer), 53–66.

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 Cell Biology.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2016). How To Run A Marathon (Hint: It’s All In The Mind). IFLScience.


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). Technology Transfer: DOE Has Fewer Partnerships, and They Rely More on Private Funding. 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
Pikiewicz, K. A. (2012). I never knew I had expectations until I realized they weren’t going to come true: A grounded theory study of mothering a chronically ill child.

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. (2017). In Hearing, Puerto Rico Faces Scope Of Its Woes. New York Times, B1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Palumbi, 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Palumbi, 2001; Tierney and deMenocal, 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Tierney and deMenocal, 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Beebe et al., 2000)

About the journal

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

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