How to format your references using the Frontiers in Plant-Microbe Interaction citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Frontiers in Plant-Microbe Interaction. 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
Smith, C. (2003). A question of form. Nature 422, 341.
A journal article with 2 authors
Kanan, M. W., and Nocera, D. G. (2008). In situ formation of an oxygen-evolving catalyst in neutral water containing phosphate and Co2+. Science 321, 1072–1075.
A journal article with 3 authors
Vander Heiden, M. G., Cantley, L. C., and Thompson, C. B. (2009). Understanding the Warburg effect: the metabolic requirements of cell proliferation. Science 324, 1029–1033.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Parker, A. R., Welch, V. L., Driver, D., and Martini, N. (2003). Structural colour: opal analogue discovered in a weevil. Nature 426, 786–787.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Baines, P., Ferraro, J., and Rogers, P. (2010). The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Eighteenth-Century Writers and Writing 1660 - 1789. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.
An edited book
Herrero, Á., Snášel, V., Abraham, A., Zelinka, I., Baruque, B., Quintián, H., et al. eds. (2013). International Joint Conference CISIS’12-ICEUTE´12-SOCO´12 Special Sessions. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Cavapozzi, D., Fiume, A., Garrouste, C., and Weber, G. (2011). “Human Capital Accumulation and Investment Behaviour,” in The Individual and the Welfare State: Life Histories in Europe, eds. A. Börsch-Supan, M. Brandt, K. Hank, and M. Schröder (Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer), 45–57.

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-Microbe Interaction.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2014). Herschel detects that Ceres has large amounts of water. IFLScience. Available at: https://www.iflscience.com/space/herschel-detects-ceres-has-large-amounts-water/ [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 (2000). Mass Transit: Review of the Bay Area Rapid Transit District’s Airport Extension Finance Plan. 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
Lam, N. N. (2013). The effect of racial disparities and adult supervision in Human Papillomavirus knowledge among female adolescents.

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
Murphy, M. J. O. (2015). When John Lennon Was Starting Over. New York Times, C28.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Smith, 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Smith, 2003; Kanan and Nocera, 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Kanan and Nocera, 2008)
  • Three or more authors: (Parker et al., 2003)

About the journal

Full journal titleFrontiers in Plant-Microbe Interaction
AbbreviationFront. Plant Sci.
ISSN (online)1664-462X
ScopePlant Science

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