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
Zharkov, D. (2000). Wise fool left Hussars for career in science admin. Nature 406, 560.
A journal article with 2 authors
Gautel, M., and Ehler, E. (2010). Cell biology. Gett’N-WASP stripes. Science 330, 1491–1492.
A journal article with 3 authors
D’Orazio, D. J., Haiman, Z., and Schiminovich, D. (2015). Relativistic boost as the cause of periodicity in a massive black-hole binary candidate. Nature 525, 351–353.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
de Quervain, D. J.-F., Fischbacher, U., Treyer, V., Schellhammer, M., Schnyder, U., Buck, A., et al. (2004). The neural basis of altruistic punishment. Science 305, 1254–1258.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Schiek, B., Rolfes, I., and Siweris, H.-J. (2005). Noise in High-Frequency Circuits and Oscillators. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Mann, A. (2013). The Innovative CIO: How IT Leaders Can Drive Business Transformation. , eds. G. Watt and P. Matthews Berkeley, CA: Apress.
A chapter in an edited book
Wegner, L. H. (2015). “Interplay of Water and Nutrient Transport: A Whole-Plant Perspective,” in Progress in Botany: Vol. 76 Progress in Botany., eds. U. Lüttge and W. Beyschlag (Cham: Springer International Publishing), 109–141.

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
Luntz, S. (2015). Farmer Finds Enormous Prehistoric Sea Monster Jaw. 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 (1987). Youth Job Training: Problems Measuring Attainment of Employment Competencies. 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
Meyer-Barrett, J. M. (2017). Exercising Their Privilege to Borrow: A Demonstrated Understanding of the Obligation of Student Loans in a Community College.

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
Murphy, M. J. O. (2016). Friday File: A Look at the Golden Age for Oscar-Nominated Newspaper Movies. New York Times, C24.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Zharkov, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Zharkov, 2000; Gautel and Ehler, 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Gautel and Ehler, 2010)
  • Three or more authors: (de Quervain et al., 2004)

About the journal

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

Other styles