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
Allen, R. M. (2012). Geophysics. Transforming earthquake detection? Science 335, 297–298.
A journal article with 2 authors
Huber, K. E., and Waldor, M. K. (2002). Filamentous phage integration requires the host recombinases XerC and XerD. Nature 417, 656–659.
A journal article with 3 authors
Catteruccia, F., Godfray, H. C. J., and Crisanti, A. (2003). Impact of genetic manipulation on the fitness of Anopheles stephensi mosquitoes. Science 299, 1225–1227.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Royer, J. R., Evans, D. J., Oyarte, L., Guo, Q., Kapit, E., Möbius, M. E., et al. (2009). High-speed tracking of rupture and clustering in freely falling granular streams. Nature 459, 1110–1113.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Zneimer, S. M. (2014). Cytogenetic Abnormalities. Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Reynders, N. (2015). Ultra-Low-Voltage Design of Energy-Efficient Digital Circuits. , ed. W. Dehaene Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Coosemans, T., Sanfélix, J., Messagie, M., Van Mierlo, J., Alves, A., and Waymel, G. (2015). “Lightweight and Integrated Plastic Solutions for Power Battery Racks in Electric Vehicles,” in Electric Vehicle Batteries: Moving from Research towards Innovation: Reports of the PPP European Green Vehicles Initiative Lecture Notes in Mobility., eds. E. Briec and B. Müller (Cham: Springer International Publishing), 61–70.

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
Andrew, D. (2016). Here’s What The Maximum Amount Of Caffeine You Should Be Drinking In A Day Looks Like. 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 (1999). Year 2000 Computing Challenge: Education Taking Needed Actions But Work Remains. 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
Lavin, E. E. (2015). Discourse in monolingual and bilingual non-trial hearings.

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
Hodgman, J. (2016). Bonus Advice From Judge John Hodgman. New York Times, MM34.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Allen, 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Huber and Waldor, 2002; Allen, 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Huber and Waldor, 2002)
  • Three or more authors: (Royer et al., 2009)

About the journal

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

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