How to format your references using the Frontiers in Plant Nutrition citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Frontiers in Plant Nutrition. 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
Hendler, J. (2003). Communication. Science and the semantic web. Science 299, 520–521.
A journal article with 2 authors
Pagliarini, R. A., and Xu, T. (2003). A genetic screen in Drosophila for metastatic behavior. Science 302, 1227–1231.
A journal article with 3 authors
Joughin, I., Smith, B. E., and Medley, B. (2014). Marine ice sheet collapse potentially under way for the Thwaites Glacier Basin, West Antarctica. Science 344, 735–738.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Sun, T., Patoine, C., Abu-Khalil, A., Visvader, J., Sum, E., Cherry, T. J., et al. (2005). Early asymmetry of gene transcription in embryonic human left and right cerebral cortex. Science 308, 1794–1798.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Karr, R. (2009). Lead, Sell, or Get Out of the Way. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Erovic, B. M. (2015). Manual of Head and Neck Reconstruction Using Regional and Free Flaps. , ed. P. Lercher Vienna: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Steele, A. (2008). “Ontological Vulnerability Assessment,” in Web Information Systems Engineering – WISE 2008 Workshops: WISE 2008 International Workshops, Auckland, New Zealand, September 1-4, 2008. Proceedings Lecture Notes in Computer Science., eds. S. Hartmann, X. Zhou, and M. Kirchberg (Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer), 24–35.

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 Nutrition.

Blog post
Fang, J. (2014). Check Out This See-Through Spider. IFLScience. Available at: https://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/check-out-see-through-spider/ [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). USDA Proposal for Handling Conversions in ADPE Procurements. 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
Alexander, M. (2009). Reasoning processes used by paramedics to solve clinical problems.

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
Gustines, G. G. (2015). Iceman Comes Out. New York Times, C3.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Hendler, 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Hendler, 2003; Pagliarini and Xu, 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Pagliarini and Xu, 2003)
  • Three or more authors: (Sun et al., 2005)

About the journal

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

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