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
Holt, R. D. (2000). Evolutionary biology. Use it or lose it. Nature 407, 689–690.
A journal article with 2 authors
van der Goes van Naters, W., and Carlson, J. R. (2006). Insects as chemosensors of humans and crops. Nature 444, 302–307.
A journal article with 3 authors
Batista, F. D., Iber, D., and Neuberger, M. S. (2001). B cells acquire antigen from target cells after synapse formation. Nature 411, 489–494.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Li, G., Li, Q., Pan, M., Hu, B., Chen, C., Teng, J., et al. (2013). Atomic-scale fingerprint of Mn dopant at the surface of Sr₃(Ru₁-xMnx)₂O₇. Sci. Rep. 3, 2882.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Brown, D. J. (2005). Cinnolines and Phthalazines: Supplement II. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Beckner, M. (2009). Pro RFID in BizTalk Server 2009. , eds. M. Simms and R. Venkatesh Berkeley, CA: Apress.
A chapter in an edited book
Fujimoto, S., Ishikawa, A., Mizuno, T., and Watanabe, T. (2015). “Are Firms that Are Awarded More Patents More Productive?,” in Econophysics and Data Driven Modelling of Market Dynamics New Economic Windows., eds. F. Abergel, H. Aoyama, B. K. Chakrabarti, A. Chakraborti, and A. Ghosh (Cham: Springer International Publishing), 129–142.

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
Evans, K. (2016). All EU Homes To Have Electric Car Charging Ports By 2019. 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 (2001). Information Technology: DLA Should Strengthen Business Systems Modernization Architecture and Investment Activities. 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
Gillaspy, K. M. (2012). Words of Samsara.

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
Currie, A., and Hay, G. (2011). Big Temptations For Wells Fargo. New York Times, B2.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Holt, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Holt, 2000; van der Goes van Naters and Carlson, 2006).

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

  • Two authors: (van der Goes van Naters and Carlson, 2006)
  • Three or more authors: (Li et al., 2013)

About the journal

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

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