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
Pockley, P. (2000). Tax blow leaves Australian science reeling. Nature 405, 387.
A journal article with 2 authors
Karpicke, J. D., and Blunt, J. R. (2011). Retrieval practice produces more learning than elaborative studying with concept mapping. Science 331, 772–775.
A journal article with 3 authors
Royle, N. J., Russell, A. F., and Wilson, A. J. (2014). The evolution of flexible parenting. Science 345, 776–781.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Elbashir, S. M., Harborth, J., Lendeckel, W., Yalcin, A., Weber, K., and Tuschl, T. (2001). Duplexes of 21-nucleotide RNAs mediate RNA interference in cultured mammalian cells. Nature 411, 494–498.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Rodgers, N. (2000). Learning to Reason. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Lörz, H., and Wenzel, G. eds. (2005). Molecular Marker Systems in Plant Breeding and Crop Improvement. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Michielsen, K., De Raedt, H., and De Raedt, K. (2006). “Deterministic Event-based Simulation of Universal Quantum Computation,” in Computer Simulation Studies in Condensed-Matter Physics XVIII: Proceedings of the Eighteenth Workshop Athens, GA, USA, March 7–11, 2005 Springer Proceedings in Physics., eds. D. P. Landau, S. P. Lewis, and H.-B. Schüttler (Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer), 32–36.

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
Hale, T. (2016). These Guys Built Iron Man’s Laser Firing Gauntlet And Captain America’s Shield. IFLScience. Available at: https://www.iflscience.com/technology/these-guys-built-iron-mans-laser-firing-gauntlet-and-captain-americas-shield/ [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 (1977). Grant Funds to Eisenhower College. 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
Stevenson, C. L. (2008). Availability and seasonal use of diurnal roosts by Rafinesque’s big-eared bat and southeastern myotis in bottomland hardwoods of Mississippi.

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
Wagner, J. (2016). Bumgarner and Big Blast Leave Mets Blanked and Blue. New York Times, B10.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Pockley, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Pockley, 2000; Karpicke and Blunt, 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Karpicke and Blunt, 2011)
  • Three or more authors: (Elbashir 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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