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
Yamanaka, S. (2009). Elite and stochastic models for induced pluripotent stem cell generation. Nature 460, 49–52.
A journal article with 2 authors
Cemma, M., and Brumell, J. H. (2013). Immunology. Bacterial escape artists set afire. Science 339, 912–913.
A journal article with 3 authors
Schoener, T. W., Spiller, D. A., and Losos, J. B. (2001). Predators increase the risk of catastrophic extinction of prey populations. Nature 412, 183–186.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Lai, Y.-K., Tang, Y.-X., Huang, J.-Y., Pan, F., Chen, Z., Zhang, K.-Q., et al. (2013). Bioinspired TiO₂ nanostructure films with special wettability and adhesion for droplets manipulation and patterning. Sci. Rep. 3, 3009.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ocic, O. (2004). Oil Refineries in the 21st Century. Weinheim, FRG: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
An edited book
James, N. P. (2011). Neritic Carbonate Sediments in a Temperate Realm: Southern Australia. , ed. Y. Bone Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Alberts, D. S., and Clouser, M. C. (2010). “Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy: Phase III Trials,” in Intraperitoneal Therapy for Ovarian Cancer, eds. D. S. Alberts, M. C. Clouser, and L. M. Hess (Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer), 37–50.

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
Fang, J. (2015). Newly Discovered Ant Virus May Help Control Global Invader. IFLScience.


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 (2003). Transportation Security: Post-September 11th Initiatives and Long-Term Challenges. 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
Vidal, E. M. (2014). Alcohol disorder with hip or knee surgery: Postoperative alcohol disorder-related costs and length of stay.

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
Sisario, B. (2016). Frank Ocean Takes Unusual Journey to No. 1. 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 (Yamanaka, 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Yamanaka, 2009; Cemma and Brumell, 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Cemma and Brumell, 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Lai et al., 2013)

About the journal

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

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