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
Eisenstein, M. (2014). Clinical trials: More trials, fewer tribulations. Nature 509, S55-7.
A journal article with 2 authors
Langelaan, J. W., and Roy, N. (2009). Engineering. Enabling new missions for robotic aircraft. Science 326, 1642–1644.
A journal article with 3 authors
Penmatsa, A., Wang, K. H., and Gouaux, E. (2013). X-ray structure of dopamine transporter elucidates antidepressant mechanism. Nature 503, 85–90.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Libert, S., Zwiener, J., Chu, X., Vanvoorhies, W., Roman, G., and Pletcher, S. D. (2007). Regulation of Drosophila life span by olfaction and food-derived odors. Science 315, 1133–1137.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ellis, H., and Lawson, A. (2013). Anatomy for Anaesthetists. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
An edited book
Kawase, H. ed. (2014). Studies on the 2011 Off the Pacific Coast of Tohoku Earthquake. Tokyo: Springer Japan.
A chapter in an edited book
Koepsell, D. (2016). “Social Reality, Law, and Justice,” in The Theory and Practice of Ontology, ed. L. Zaibert (London: Palgrave Macmillan UK), 79–94.

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
Hamilton, K. (2014). The Black Dragons of the Sea. 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 (2002). Highway Financing: Factors Affecting Highway Trust Fund Revenues. 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
Hobbs, E. (2017). Rehearing Florence Price: A Closer Look at Her Symphony in E Minor.

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
Baker, P. (2017). As World Waits, President Warns Forces Are Ready. 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 (Eisenstein, 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Langelaan and Roy, 2009; Eisenstein, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Langelaan and Roy, 2009)
  • Three or more authors: (Libert et al., 2007)

About the journal

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

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