How to format your references using the Frontiers in Plant Genetics and Genomics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Frontiers in Plant Genetics and Genomics. 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
Budd, G. (2001). Climbing life’s tree. Nature 412, 487.
A journal article with 2 authors
Vollmer, D., and Butt, H.-J. (2015). Materials science: Droplets leap into action. Nature 527, 41–42.
A journal article with 3 authors
Djuranovic, S., Nahvi, A., and Green, R. (2012). miRNA-mediated gene silencing by translational repression followed by mRNA deadenylation and decay. Science 336, 237–240.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Topinka, M. A., LeRoy, B. J., Westervelt, R. M., Shaw, S. E., Fleischmann, R., Heller, E. J., et al. (2001). Coherent branched flow in a two-dimensional electron gas. Nature 410, 183–186.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Xiong, K. (2014). Resource Optimization and Security for Cloud Services. Hoboken, USA: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Lone, S. H. (2015). Chemical and Pharmacological Perspective of Artemisia amygdalina. , eds. K. A. Bhat and M. A. Khuroo Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Jorgensen, T. J., Qin, H.-D., and Shugart, Y. Y. (2012). “From Family Study to Population Study: A History of Genetic Mapping for Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma (NPC),” in Applied Computational Genomics Translational Bioinformatics., ed. Y. Y. Shugart (Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands), 35–60.

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 Genetics and Genomics.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015). Astronauts Test Underwater Virtual Reality Technology From Microsoft. 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 (2003). Space Acquisitions: Committing Prematurely to the Transformational Satellite Program Elevates Risks for Poor Cost, Schedule, and Performance Outcomes. 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
Jaramillo, M. A. (2017). Morphology of ferromagnetic thin films on nanosphere templates.

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
Loewenstein, G., and Ubel, P. (2010). Economics Behaving Badly. New York Times, A31.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Budd, 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Budd, 2001; Vollmer and Butt, 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Vollmer and Butt, 2015)
  • Three or more authors: (Topinka et al., 2001)

About the journal

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

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