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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Frontiers in Plant Proteomics. 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
Southwood, D. (2012). Research collaboration: When international partnerships go wrong. Nature 488, 451–453.
A journal article with 2 authors
Wolchok, J. D., and Chan, T. A. (2014). Cancer: Antitumour immunity gets a boost. Nature 515, 496–498.
A journal article with 3 authors
Lai, C. S. W., Franke, T. F., and Gan, W.-B. (2012). Opposite effects of fear conditioning and extinction on dendritic spine remodelling. Nature 483, 87–91.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
McIsaac, G. F., David, M. B., Gertner, G. Z., and Goolsby, D. A. (2001). Nitrate flux in the Mississippi River. Nature 414, 166–167.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Singleton, T. W., and Singleton, A. J. (2010). Fraud Auditing and Forensic Accounting. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Meester, F. D., and Watson, R. R. eds. (2008). Wild-Type Food in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention: The Columbus Concept. Totowa, NJ: Humana Press.
A chapter in an edited book
Quarteroni, A., Sacco, R., Saleri, F., and Gervasio, P. (2014). “Risoluzione di sistemi lineari con metodi iterativi,” in Matematica Numerica UNITEXT., eds. R. Sacco, F. Saleri, and P. Gervasio (Milano: Springer), 115–164.

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 Proteomics.

Blog post
Davis, J. (2016). Cold War Spy Satellites Used To Track Himalayan Glacier Retreat. 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 (1980). Overview of the Adult Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program and Its Operation in California. 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
Stroud, M. (2012). Solar desalination in the southwest United States: A thermoeconomic analysis utilizing the sun to desalt water in high irradiance regions.

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
Johnson, G. (2014). Seeking Stars, Finding Creationism. New York Times, D3.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Southwood, 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Southwood, 2012; Wolchok and Chan, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Wolchok and Chan, 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (McIsaac et al., 2001)

About the journal

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

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