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
Burchard, E. G. (2014). Medical research: Missing patients. Nature 513, 301–302.
A journal article with 2 authors
Vafai, S. B., and Mootha, V. K. (2013). Medicine. A common pathway for a rare disease? Science 342, 1453–1454.
A journal article with 3 authors
Ma, H., Aihara, K., and Chen, L. (2014). Detecting causality from nonlinear dynamics with short-term time series. Sci. Rep. 4, 7464.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Allwood, D. A., Xiong, G., Cooke, M. D., Faulkner, C. C., Atkinson, D., Vernier, N., et al. (2002). Submicrometer ferromagnetic NOT gate and shift register. Science 296, 2003–2006.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Luther, G. W., III (2016). Inorganic Chemistry for Geochemistry and Environmental Sciences. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Warren, J.-D. (2011). Arduino Robotics. , eds. J. Adams and H. Molle Berkeley, CA: Apress.
A chapter in an edited book
Nesterenko, M. V., Katrich, V. A., Penkin, Y. M., Dakhov, V. M., and Berdnik, S. L. (2011). “Generalized Method of Induced EMF for Investigation of the Characteristics of Impedance Vibrators,” in Thin Impedance Vibrators: Theory and Applications Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering., eds. V. A. Katrich, Y. M. Penkin, V. M. Dakhov, and S. L. Berdnik (New York, NY: Springer), 113–154.

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
Andrew, E. (2014). Watch NASA’s Prototype Guidance System Land A Robotic Spacecraft At Night. 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 (1973). The F-14/PHOENIX Aircraft Program. 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
Pence, P. L. (2010). Emotional intelligence, motivation, and retention among undergraduate students attending associate-degree nursing programs in Illinois.

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
Crow, K. (2001). For New Trump Neighbors, Proximity Breeds Discontent. New York Times, 146.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Burchard, 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Vafai and Mootha, 2013; Burchard, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Vafai and Mootha, 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Allwood et al., 2002)

About the journal

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

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