How to format your references using the Frontiers in Plant Evolution and Development citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Frontiers in Plant Evolution and Development. 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
Hayes, J. M. (2011). Geochemistry. Earth’s redox history. Science 334, 1654–1655.
A journal article with 2 authors
Poole, A., and Penny, D. (2007). Eukaryote evolution: engulfed by speculation. Nature 447, 913.
A journal article with 3 authors
Bigelow, M. S., Lepeshkin, N. N., and Boyd, R. W. (2003). Superluminal and slow light propagation in a room-temperature solid. Science 301, 200–202.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Rubin, C.-J., Zody, M. C., Eriksson, J., Meadows, J. R. S., Sherwood, E., Webster, M. T., et al. (2010). Whole-genome resequencing reveals loci under selection during chicken domestication. Nature 464, 587–591.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Quadbeck-Seeger, H.-J. (2007). World of the Elements. Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
An edited book
Xu, D., Du, D., and Du, D. eds. (2015). Computing and Combinatorics: 21st International Conference, COCOON 2015, Beijing, China, August 4-6, 2015, Proceedings. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Kar, S., and Datta, D. (2015). “Industrial Organization and the Labor Market,” in Industrial and Labor Economics: Issues in Developing and Transition Countries India Studies in Business and Economics., ed. D. Datta (New Delhi: Springer India), 107–137.

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 Evolution and Development.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2014). Timelapse Of Tarantula Molting Looks Like Alien Birth. IFLScience. Available at: https://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/tarantula-molting-looks-alien-birth/ [Accessed October 30, 2018].

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 (1998). Individuals With Disabilities Education Act: School Districts’ Response to Regulatory Deadline. 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
Romer, C. (2017). WhatsUpDoc: A Patient Portal Technology.

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. (2009). Where to Fill Up the Table. New York Times, NJ13.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Hayes, 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Poole and Penny, 2007; Hayes, 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Poole and Penny, 2007)
  • Three or more authors: (Rubin et al., 2010)

About the journal

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

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